The Lady Knights snapped a three-game losing streak beating the Blue Devils 52-40.
Freshman Kayla Alexander and Alyssa Lowe combined for 40, as Alexander led the Knights with 21.
The home team jumped out to 32-19 halftime lead and rode that momentum the rest of the way.
Northâ€™s head coach Mark Lackey believes when Lowe and Alexander are on; his team is difficult to stop.
â€œThey were both on. They were our go-to kids tonight. When theyâ€™re both scoring; it opens up a lot of things for us. Our assists go up and our total game goes up,â€ he said.
The Knights were led on the boards by Lindsey Smith, who is averaging a near double-double with nine points and eight rebounds per game. She helped North Lincoln out-rebound Maiden 35-27 doing her part reeling in 11 for the contest.
Thatâ€™s a tell-tale sign for us, if we out-rebound an opponent; weâ€™re going to be in the basketball game,â€ Lackey said.
The win raises the Lady Knightsâ€™ record to 8-10 overall and 3-3 in the SF 1A as they vie for a state playoff berth.
They face the Yellow Jackets on Friday, who have won only one game all season.
â€œIt was a huge win. This helps us confidence-wise; itâ€™s tremendous for us. We lost to them last year twice. We were somewhat wary of their talent because theyâ€™re a good ball club. It helps us a lot in the conference and itâ€™ll go a long way to help us as far as our playoff berth,â€ Lackey said.
Maiden 7 12 5 16-40
North Lincoln 14 18 9 11-52
BLUE DEVILS: Ramseur 17, McCorkle 2, Pruitt 2, Canipe 9, Herman 3, England 5, McCall 2.
KNIGHTS: Alyssa Lowe 19, Caroline Farris 2, Kayla Alexander 21, Lindsey Smith 2, Sara McCall 8.
Lincolnton fell to East Rutherford 90-36.
Courtney Smith led the Lady Cavaliers with 21 points, while teammate Brittany Boyce added 17. Jessie Cline led the Wolves with 17 points.
Lincolntonâ€™s record is 6-10 on the season and 0-7 in the Midwest 2A Conference. East Rutherford is now 7-0.
Alyson Kieler scored 18 points in a 60-45 loss to South Point Tuesday.
Heather Ulep led the Lady Red Raiders with 18 points. Krista Moore, for East, scored nine points. Sarah Webb had eight points.
The Mustangs are 3-13 overall and 0-7 in the Big South 3A.
Sara Elmore led the Rebels in scoring with 13 as they fell to Bunker Hill 66-49.
Lauren Lefevers led the Lady Bears with 17, while Sara Rhoney contributed 15. Helen Debari had 11 for West.
The Lady Rebels fall to 3-14 on the season with an 1-6 Midwest 2A Conference record.
Bunker Hill 21 15 15 15-66
West Lincoln 10 14 2 23-49
BEARS: Lauren Lefevers 17, Jackie Payne 14, Sara Rhoney 15, Martin 3, Little 7, Gilbert 3, Holland 7.
REBELS: Sara Elmore 13, Helen Debari 11, Taylor 6, Davis 2, Norman 3, Grigg 2, Werts 8, Thornburg 4, Knight 1, Fite 1.
by John Mark Brooks