The Lincolnton Lady Wolves escaped with a 44-42 victory Tuesday night over the North Lincoln Knights.
The Knights had a chance as the buzzer sounded, but a perimeter shot was off the mark allowing the Wolves to advance to the championship game against the North Gaston Lady Wildcats.
Jessie Cline paced the Wolves with 13 points, while Shanda Faw and Brittney Jones both scored nine.
Kayla Alexander scored a game-high 15 points, while Alyssa Lowe contributed 13.
Lincolnton has beaten North Gaston twice thus far on the season, so they could be in-line to win the Holiday Clash title.
Lincolnton is 5-4 on the season. North Lincoln falls to 5-6.
North Lincoln 11 8 11 12 -42
Lincolnton 6 9 14 15 -44
LADY KNIGHTS: Alyssa Lowe 13, Kayla Alexander 15, C. Farris 3, J. Devine 8, L. Smith 1.
LADY WOLVES: Jessie Cline 13, B. Jones 9, S. Faw 9, Edwards 6, H. Parker 4, Tipton 3.
The Lady Rebels fell 55-35. The Wildcats were led by Monica Johnson who had a game-high 24 points. Kee Kee Bandon contributed 11.
West Lincoln was led by Candi Taylor who scored eight points. Helen Debari and Tamika Werts scored six apiece.
West is now 3-8 on the season and will face North Lincoln in the womenâ€™s consolation game at 3:30 p.m.
A positive note was the Lady Rebels did draw five charges on defense.
â€œThe intensity could have been a little better, but overall the girls played to the best of their ability. The ball just didnâ€™t fall,â€ Lady Rebelsâ€™ head coach Jamie Boyles said.
The Rebels have two losses to the Knights on the season, but Boyles believes this game could go in their favor.
â€œItâ€™s going to be tough competition. However, I think weâ€™re playing better than the first two games we played them.â€
West Lincoln 5 7 12 11 -35
North Gaston 12 14 15 14 -55
LADY REBELS: Candi Taylor 8, Tamika Werts 6, Helen Debari 6, Katie Davis 5, Katie Thornburg 4, Jessica Grigg 3, Anna Knight 3.
LADY WILDCATS: Monica Johnson 24, Kee Kee Bandon 11, R. Gladden 8, C. McClain 6, K. Patterson 3, C. Kennedy 1, C. Gilyaid 1, L. Kennedy 1.
by John Mark Brooks