About 17,000 people fit into the Spectrum Center, the Charlotte Hornets’ city-center home.
The combined populations of Great Falls and Richburg, S.C., wouldn’t fill the lower bowl of the arena. But those two towns can try on Jan. 2, 2019 when their girls and boys’ high school basketball teams -- and huge rivals -- face off on the same court where the Hornets will play the Dallas Mavericks later that night.
The Lewisville and Great Falls girls will play at noon, followed immediately by the boys’ game. Tickets cost $25 and include admission to those two games, as well as the Hornets-Mavericks game afterward. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. at the two schools and will also be sold at home football games until the 600-ticket allotment runs out.
The seats for the NBA game will be in the upper deck of the arena. Fans will have to leave the arena after the boys’ game, then can reenter before the NBA game, which begins at 7 p.m.
Duncan said he and McCray have bandied about the idea of trying to place in uptown Charlotte for two years.
“I think the community’s gonna really support this,” said McCray. “I think it’s gonna be a typical Great Falls-Lewisville game.”
The two coaches put out initial feelers for the game a few weeks ago, and the response was instantaneous. McCray had over 200 comments on a Facebook post within an hour, while Duncan had fellow teachers and an assistant coach asking how they could pick up double-digit numbers of tickets for friends and coworkers.
If the fans are excited, imagine how the players and coaches will feel stepping onto an NBA floor.
“I think we’re gonna have a lot of boys that think they’re Steph Curry on that court, try to shoot from NBA range,” Duncan said, smiling.
The two schools have one of the better basketball rivalries in the area. Their third round 1A playoff game in Feb., 2018 was moved to South Pointe and over 2,000 people showed up for a riveting back-and-forth contest. The season’s first two meetings also drew huge crowds, though the first games were marred by fighting in the crowd.
January’s game will be the second of two non-region games. Lewisville was moved up to the 2A classification over the summer.
High school roundup
AREA COLLEGIATE ATHLETES
Tindal wins first career golf tournament
Former South Pointe standout and current College of Charleston golfer Jodee Tindal claimed her first career tournament win by finishing as co-individual medalist at the two-day Boston College Intercollegiate at the Blue Hill Country Club.
Tindal competed as an individual in the 89-player field. She carded rounds of 71, 73, and 76 to tie Mary Joiner of Western Kentucky at four-over par for the tournament.
College of Charleston head coach Jamie Futrell said, “It was a great win for her. She had a tough start, but she hung in there and played like a champion.”
Clover 3, Forestview 0
Clover defeated Forestview 3-0 in a non-region match at Forestview Wednesday night.
Clover won by scores of 25-19, 25-18, and 25-13.
Ann Frisk led the Blue Eagles with 12 kills. Kennedy Abbott added five kills and Mary Grace Hopkins had four kills. Adrienne Ehrnschweder tallied 18 assists and Brooklyn Gunn added seven assists to the winning effort.
Clover is 7-4 overall on the season.
Nation Ford 3, Fort Mill 0
Nation Ford topped Fort Mill 3-0 in a Region 3-5A match at Fort Mill Tuesday night.
The Falcons won the match with 25-15, 25-14, and 25-16 results.
Sophie Fischer led Nation Ford with 16 kills, four digs, and two aces. Emily Lammers added 16 kills six digs and three aces, while Taylor Atkinson contributed four kills, four blocks and two aces.
Nation Ford is 24-4 overall and 4-0 in the region. They are in first place in the region at the halfway mark in the regular region season. Fort Mill is 9-7 overall and 2-2 in region action.
Rock Hill 3, Northwestern 1
Rock Hill topped Northwestern 3-0 in a Region 3-5A match at Northwestern Tuesday night.
The Bearcats won by scores of 25-5, 25-17, and 25-22. Maylen Mitrovich led Rock Hill with 19 kills. Erin O’Rourke added 21 digs and served a pair of aces in the winning cause..
Rock Hill is 11-12 overall and 2-2 in the region. Northwestern is 5-10 overall and 1-3 in region play.
South Pointe 3, Ridge View 0
South Pointe defeated Ridge View 3-0 in a Region 3-4A match at Ridge View Tuesday night.
The Stallions won by scores of 25-21, 25-13, and 25-16. South Pointe is 5-6 in all games and 4-0 in the region. They are in first place in the region.
Indian Land 3, Fairfield Central 0
Indian Land defeated Fairfield Central 3-0 in a Region 4-3A match at Indian Land Tuesday night.
The Warriors won by scores of 25-3, 25-3, and 25-11. Indian Land is 14-5 overall and 4-0 in the region. They are in first place in the region.
Buford 3, Lewisville 1
Buford defeated Lewisville 3-1 in a Region 4-AA match at Richburg Tuesday night.
Lewisville took the early lead with a 25-22 win in the opening game. Buford won the next three games by scores of 25-15, 25-18, and 25-19 to claim the match.
York 4, Lancaster 2
York toppled Lancaster 4-2 in a Region 3-4A match at Lancaster Tuesday afternoon.
Katie Brown gave Lancaster a 1-0 lead with a win in the number one singles. Chelsea Johnson made it 2-0 with a victory in the number two singles.
Emily Knight (No. 3), Mia Kimbrell (No. 4), and Anthonella Mendoza (No. 5) all won to give York a 3-2 lead. York’s number two doubles team of Olivia Caulder and Maggie Ramsey closed out the match with a win.
York is 4-0 in the region.
Nation Ford 7, Rock Hill 0
Nation Ford defeated Rock Hill 7-0 in a Region 3-5A match at Rock Hill Tuesday night.
York 195, Fort Mill 206
York defeated Fort Mill by 11 strokes in a non-region match at Spring Lake Country Club Wednesday afternoon.
Holley Mitchell of York carded a 42 to earn medalist honors for the match.
York - Holley Mitchell 42, Tayler Mitchell 46, Kylie O’Mara 53, Lani Hughes 54.
Fort Mill- Lyric Smith 48, Alyia Santiago 51, Ava Delardo 53, Allie Barnes 54.
York is 5-3 overall on the year.
Fort Mill 213, Clover 217
Fort Mill edged Clover by four strokes in a Region 3-5A match at Fort Mill Golf Club Tuesday afternoon.
Alyia Santiago of Fort Mill turned in a 50 to earn medalist honors for the match.
Fort Mill - Alyia Santiago 50, Allie Barnes 51, Lyrie Smith 56, Ava Delardo 56.
Clover- Ginger Pitts 52, Teryn Dalton 54,Taylor Osborne 54, Mallory Dover 57.
Nation Ford 183, Northwestern 215, South Pointe 242
Nation Ford won a pair of matches in a non-region tri-match at Waterford Golf Club Monday afternoon.
Nation Ford defeated Northwestern by 32 strokes and topped South Pointe by 59 strokes.
Zoe Bowers of Nation Ford carded a 46 to earn medalist honors for the match.
Indian Land sweeps Lancaster
Indian Land won both the girls and boys races in a non-region meet at Indian Land Tuesday afternoon.
The Indian Land girl’s defeated Lancaster by a score of 18-37.
Leading Indian Land was Hannah Sawyer who placed first overall with a time of 23:37. Mattie-Baile Tripp of Indian Land finished second (24:10), and Lancaster’s Destiny Goshorn placed third (25:02).
Lauren Sizemore of Indian Land was fourth (25:27), with Sara Valle of Indian Land fifth (26:04), and Chloe Duernberger of Indian Land sixth (26:21). Lancaster’s Lilly Shrum was the other Lancaster runner finishing in the top 10. She was ninth (27:16).
The Indian Land boys toppled Lancaster by a score of 17-38.
Leading the Indian Land boy’s team was Walker Reeves who placed first overall with a time of 18:56. Maddox Yegge of Indian Land was second (19:22) with teammate Ben Elson coming in third (20:02).
Lancaster’s Dillion Sutton was fourth (20:29), with Indian Land’s Jaxon Barringer fifth (20:30). Noah Kiger of Indian Land was sixth (20:39), and Lancaster’s Trever Roof came in seventh (21:13). Ryan Knight was Lancaster’s other runner in the top 10. He finished eighth (21:41).
Fort Mill sweeps Nation Ford
Fort Mill won both divisions in a Region 3-5A meet at Nation Ford Tuesday night.
Fort Mill won the girls event 119-51 and claimed the boys division 102-68.