Posted On: 11/1/19 2:57 PM

In an early season showdown of two of the top teams in the city, Mallard Creek, led by explosive freshman Samiyah Suffren, outlasted Butler 54-44 last night to move to 2-0 on the young season.  Suffren, a mainstay on last year's Ridge Road Middle School team that was arguably the greatest collection of talent ever assembled on a Charlotte Middle School roster, scored 10 of Creek's first 12 points and finished with a game high 21 points.

While the Mavericks winning isn't unusual, the manner in which they won doesn't bode well for other teams in the area,  Mallard Creek won while playing in the half court which isn't their forte'.  While the Mavericks have effective bigs in senior Hali Doctor, junior Gabby Haynes, and freshman Jada Creech, they are clearly more potent in an uptempo game.  Suffren is going to be the most athletic player on the floor in almost every game she plays.

Wake Forest commit Neveah Brown is a smooth, controlled, athletic player (see the ridiculous block with 45 seconds left that sealed Butler's fate) who flourishes in a 94 foot game. Ironically, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Mavericks after losing all

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