Getting in the action on Thursday afternoon in Charlotte, Phenom Hoops hit the road to check in on the Knights of Charlotte Christian as they welcomed in Metrolina Christian.

In the first quarter of action, it was the perimeter shots that fell early for Charlotte Christian, as Lindsay Noonan knocked down two tough shots from the corner to help give the Knights the early lead.  Metrolina countered with their strong inside game, led by Anna Phibbs.  Second half though, Metrolina continued to find success down low in the paint with Phibbs, while Lilly Reynolds made plays along the outside.  A late run by Charlotte Christian, getting out in transition helped secured the 20-17 halftime lead.

Second half, Charlotte Christian continued to hold their narrow lead but it was a back and forth battle for much of the final 16 minutes.  Charlotte Christian knocked down some critical 3-pointers but Metrolina did a great job at finishing at the rim and getting fouled on multiple occasions.

Final: Charlotte Christian 41 – Metrolina Christian 36

Stats:
Charlotte Christian: Mya Olmeda 13 points/ Rachel Noonan 7 points

Metrolina: Anna Phibbs 9 points/ Lilly Reynolds 6 points

Standouts:

2022 Anna Phibbs (Metrolina) She was an incredibly strong force down low in the paint for her team. Phibbs rebounded well, was active on the glass on both ends of the floor, and used her size and body to be aggressive at getting the ball at the rim.  Finishing multiple times down low or getting to the line, Phibbs was a big presence for her team.

2023 Lilly Reynolds (Metrolina): The leader on offense, Reynolds displayed nice poise and patience initiating the offense.  The primary ballhandler for her team, she found her teammates in the right spots but also really displayed a smooth shooting stroke with her mid-range jumper.  Whether dishing it or knocking down shots, Reynolds showcased she was a playmaker on the floor.

2020 Lindsay Noonan (Charlotte Christian): Noonan played well on and off the ball, showing her range on her jumper on multiple occasions as well as vision on the court, finding her teammates on open spots and delivering on-point passes in transition.

2021 Mya Olmeda (Charlotte Christian): She played tough both leading the offense as well as playing off the ball but one thing is for sure is that she plays tough and with a constant motor on her.  Liked her decision making and really ran the floor well. What also impressed is her readiness when the pass came and getting her shot with range.

2022 Rachel Noonan (Charlotte Christian): Noonan really brought energy and worked hard on the second half, making plays on both ends of the floor.  Knocking down a few free-throw line shots, as well as getting her hands on multiple passes and rebounding, she was a big piece in the second half for Charlotte Christian.

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