The Wolves jumped out to an 18-2 lead after the first quarter Friday night and held off the Bunker Hill Bears en route to a 73-58 win at Lincolnton.
Junior guard Zack Gibson led the way for Lincolnton, scoring a game high 22 points including 10 in the second quarter alone, as the Wolves took a 32-17 lead into the locker room at the halftime break.
The Bears tried to make several runs to get back into the game, but each time the Wolves answered with a run of their own. Bunker Hill scored the first two baskets to start the third quarter, but Lincolnton head coach Bob Cowie called a quick timeout to rally his troops, and the Wolves kept the Bears at bay.
The Bears, again and again, made efforts to get back into the game in the fourth period, but the Wolves would let them no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Rebounding on the defensive end and solid free throw shooting were the keys to the Lincolnton victory.
The Wolves made good on 12-of-14 attempts from the charity stripe in the final stanza to preserve the victory.
Demory Williams, a junior guard for the Wolves, had an outstanding game defensively. Williams had numerous steals that turned into layups on the offensive end to provide a spark for Lincolnton. Williams finished with 13 points.
Matt Wright and Jamelle Jefferies provided some inside depth for the Wolves, scoring 11 and nine points respectively. Wright connected on all five of his free throw attempts.
Coach Cowie was pleased with his teams` effort, especially at the start.
“We obviously got off to a very quick start on them. We came out with a lot of intensity after a tough loss last night (Thursday) at North Lincoln where we didn`t play so well,” Cowie said.
The coach also seemed happy with his young teamâ€™s progress approaching the midway point of the Midwest 2A conference season.
“If someone had told me that we`d be 4-2 right now with one game remaining in the first round, I believe I would have taken that,” Cowie said.
Cowie praised the play of Williams.
“Demory had been starting for us all year and he hasn`t started the last two games. He evidently doesn`t like that too much because he came out there and got some big steals and just played a great game,â€ he said.
With the win, the Wolves improve to 4-2 in conference play and 6-9 overall. Bunker Hill falls to 1-5 in the Midwest 2A and 4-11 overall.
Lincolnton will travel to East Rutherford Tuesday night to take on the undefeated Cavaliers. Bunker Hill will host West Lincoln.
Bunker Hill 2 15 18 23 – 58
Lincolnton 18 14 21 20 – 73
BEARS: Martin Turbeville 17, Damarius Miller 17, Varron Williams 9, Jordan Kaylor 5, Eric Brown 4, Trevor Odom 3, Scott Naidas 2, Matt Sheffield 1.
WOLVES: Zack Gibson 22, Demory Williams 13, Matt Wright 11, Jamelle Jefferies 9, Lance Friday 7, Dustin Metts 7, Dusty Friday 2, Jeremy Smith 2.
The Lady Wolves fell to Bunker Hill Friday night at home 62-42. The Lady Bears jumped out to a 17-6 lead after the first period and never looked back. Leading 27-12 to start the third quarter, Jamie Sigmon scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in that period to put the game away.
Santana Edwards and Brittany Jones scored eight points each to lead the Wolves. With the loss, the Lady Wolves remain winless in Midwest 2A conference play at 0-6, and 6-9 overall.
The Lady Bears improve to 3-3 in conference play, and 5-10 overall.
The Lady Wolves next travel to conference leading East Rutherford Tuesday night, while Bunker Hill will be at home to take on West Lincoln.
Bunker Hill 17 10 21 14 – 62
Lincolnton 6 6 10 20 – 42
WOLVES: Santana Edwards 8, Brittnay Jones 8, Andrea Isoler 7, Keisha Duncan 6, Jesse Cline 5, Hannah Parker 4, Charlotte Clark 2, Shonda Faw 2.
BEARS: Jamie Sigmon 16, Rhoney 11, Lefevers 10, Payne 9, Little 8, Holland 4, Martin 2, Gilbert 2.
by David Keever