HARRISBURG – The Scott Fortune era got off to an auspicious beginning, as the first-year Hickory Ridge boys basketball coach led the Ragin’ Bulls to a 67-53 home victory Monday night.
Fortune had been a longtime Hickory Ridge assistant before replacing Robert Machado, now the athletics director at Northwest Cabarrus.
The Ragin’ Bulls (1-0) were led by sophomore guard Miles Beard’s game-high 21 points in the non-conference win. Meanwhile, Lukas Fortune and Caden Haywood each had 13 points for Hickory Ridge.
The Ragin’ Bulls had to do some methodical rallying to give their head coach his first victory, though.
Butler (0-1) started out in control, leading by six points after one quarter. Hickory Ridge began to gain ground in the second period but still trailed, 34-32, at halftime.
The Bulls really turned it on the third quarter, though, putting up 25 points to the Bulldogs’ 9, creating the separation they needed to go on to the win.
Landis Fredericks added eight points for the Bulls, and Kendal McDougald had six.
CONCORD – Concord Academy got off to a hot start Monday night but cooled off to fall to Charlotte Northside Christian Academy, 63-60.
Concord Academy (2-5) led 21-8 after one period, but Northside responded in the second quarter with a 26-8 run. Concord Academy made a strong effort for a comeback in the fourth quarter but fell just short.
Noah Van Bibber led Concord Academy with 20 points, while Kany Tchanda had 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.
Former Hickory Ridge standout Daniel Lubamba had 11 points for Northside (4-1).
Pirates top West
CONCORD – The West Cabarrus girls basketball team lost a close one to Indian Trail Porter Ridge, 52-48, Monday night.
Jade Collins had a team-high 15 points for West Cabarrus, while Tyler Collins added 12 points.