The Lincolnton Wolves were the only Lincoln Co. team to win Tuesday night as they hosted the Chase Trojans.
The Wolves used 16 points apiece from guard Zack Gibson and Jammel Jefferies to beat the Trojans 57-45.
The Wolves trailed 22-19 at the half, but rallied to outscore the Trojans 24-7 in the third quarter.
Lance Friday contributed 11 points, while Demory Williams chipped in with nine.
Lincolnton is now 4-7 on the season with a 2-1 Midwest 2A mark.
Chase 10 12 7 16 -45
Lincolnton 13 6 24 14 -57
TROJANS: Jackson 5, Camp 23, Phillips 5, McDowell 12.
WOLVES: Demory Williams 9, Lance Friday 11, Kyle Snyder 3, Zack Gibson 16, Jammel Jefferies 16, P.J. Hamright 2.
Berry Academy beat East Lincoln in a Big South 3A matchup Tuesday 62-56.
The Cardinals held a 30-21 lead at halftime and didnâ€™t look back led by Kendall Toney who scored 15 points. Chris Logan complemented Toney with 11.
Darin Dellinger led all Mustangs with 13, while Wayne White scored 12. Carlos Marquez-Sykes also was in double figures with 11.
The Mustangs fall to 8-4, 1-2 BS 3A on the season.
East Lincoln 8 13 15 20 -56
Berry Academy 17 13 14 18 -62
MUSTANGS: Darin Dellinger 13, Devin Carter 3, Jamelle Lowery 8, Jason Smith 2, Wayne White 12, Carlos Marquez-Sykes 11, Josh Davis 7.
CARDINALS: Chris Logan 11, Arnette 9, Carter 7, Kendall Toney 15, Cruz 2, LeGram 5, Valentine 9, Sneter 4.
The Knights put together a 28-point fourth quarter, but it wasnâ€™t enough to beat Cherryville Tuesday as the Ironmen held on to a 78-75 victory.
Brandon Thomas led the Ironman with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Brothers Lesharion and Trishtan Johnson led the Knights as both scored in double figures. Lesharion had 22 to tie Thomas for game-high and Trishtan scored 17.
Kenny Bethea chipped in seven for the 3-10 Knights. The loss evens their Southern Foothills 1A mark at 1-1.
Cherryville 10 28 18 22 -78
North Lincoln 8 23 16 28 -75
IRONMEN: Antonio Griggs 13, Brandon Thomas 22, Hart 3, Jackson 7, Loveless 7, Miranda 5, Johnson 10, Brock Alexander 11.
KNIGHTS: Lesharion Johnson 22, Kyle Baker 4, Trishtan Johnson 17, Alex Loftin 4, Reid Ketner 1, David Ward 5, Miquan Smith 2, Kenny Bethea 7, Trey Whiteside 4, Clarkson 6.
The West Lincoln Rebels held Julius Powell to only 15 points, but Powellâ€™s teammates picked up the slack en route to a 65-53 victory.
Taylor Woodie at 5â€™10â€ gave up nearly a foot to Powell, but battled the future Clemson Tiger throughout the contest holding him well below his season scoring average.
â€œTaylor waged a major battle all night against an ACC player. You have a player that has a heart as big as a house; he looked like a warrior when he walked off the court,â€ Rebelsâ€™ head coach Chad Wright said.
So why Woodie some observers would ask?
â€œI wanted to put the toughest player we have on him,â€ the coach responded.
Woodie managed to muster enough energy to add 10 points on the offensive end, despite having constantly having to wipe away blood from his mouth as a result of the physical exertion on defense.
Marcus Shuford scored 12 and Graham Hauss had 11 for the Red Devils.
Senior Ryan Huffman led the West Lincoln with 27 points, knocking down four three-pointers on the night.
â€œIt was good to see Ryan get some open looks and get a groove going again. It is a testament to his mental toughness,â€ Wright said.
The second quarter proved to be the difference as the Red Devils outscored the Rebels 16-6.
West did not have much fluidity in their offense, in the second, resulting in turnovers and rushed shots.
The Rebels fall to 2-11 on the season, 0-3 in the Midwest 2A.
â€œYou never like losing, but Iâ€™m so proud and so happy with the way weâ€™re playing now in both effort and team work,â€ Wright said.
Four games ago, Wright addressed his team by telling them he was worried. How have they responded?
â€œSince then, theyâ€™ve had a commitment to doing it the right way and weâ€™ve gotten better as a result. If we can keep it up; weâ€™re going to get some wins in our league,â€ Wright said.
The Next opportunity for West will be Friday against Midwest 2A powerhouse East Rutherford. Wright knows it wonâ€™t be easy against the athletic Cavaliers.
â€œTheyâ€™re the defending champions in our league and ranked real high in the state for a reason. Itâ€™s a great opportunity for us.â€
Newton-Conover 14 16 19 16 -65
West Lincoln 13 6 21 13 -53
RED DEVILS: Marcus Shuford 12, Lyerly 9, Ferguson 7, Julius Powell 15, Graham Hauss 11, Colter 5, Helms 2, Royal 4.
REBELS: Ben Poole 10, Taylor Woodie 10, Daniel Paysour 2, Josh Fisher 2, Matt Baxter 2, Ryan Huffman 27.
by John Mark Brooks