Posted On: 11/26/19 9:22 AM

Sometimes it's difficult to learn a lot in a non-competitive blowout situation like the one I witnessed at Hopewell High on Monday night.  Final score - Hopewell 66 West Mecklenburg 17.  Halftime score - 51-9.  However, here are 5 Takeaways from the game that will be interesting to monitor as the season progresses:

  1. Hopewell has the best starting five I have seen during this young season so far. 5-3 Sophomore PG, Layla Wall,  5-7 SG - Nevaeh Caldwell, 5-11 Junior Wing Assetou Ballo, 6-0 Senior PF Aniyah Finger and 6-4 Senior C, Nijah Cunningham are long, skilled and athletic.  Employing a nasty 2-2-1 full court press, the Titans made it difficult for West Mecklenburg to get the ball over half court on multiple occasions.  This is a disciplined, play hard group that will definitely have a say in I-Meck 4A play this winter.
  2. 6-4 Senior Nijah Cunningham is a tremendous rim protector. This young lady is a big that embraces her height.  She isn't out at the 3 point line trying to stretch the floor.  She is parked down on that right block and has multiple post moves over her left and right shoulder.  On defense, she takes pride

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