The Lincolnton Wolves took care of business in what looked to be a â€˜trapâ€™ game beating the Chase Trojans 66-47 Tuesday night.
The visitors jumped out to a 20-10 lead and never relinquished it, on their way to their upping their record to 7-11 and 5-4 in the Midwest 2A.
â€œWe played pretty well early in the game. Didnâ€™t play so well in the second quarter, then in the third quarter we turned some defense into offense,â€ head coach Bob Cowie said.
The win was big for the Wolves, as they vie for one of the top four slots in the conference, thus allowing them entry into the 2A State Playoffs. It was also big from a confidence standpoint after falling to Newton-Conover 78-64 Friday night.
Demory Williams led Lincolnton with 15 points, while Kyle Snyder and Zack Gibson both complemented him with 10 apiece. Jammelle Jefferies just missed double-digits with nine, while Lance Friday netted eight.
Seldom-used players, such as Derek Butler played an important role off the bench according to Cowie.
â€œDerek came off the bench and gave us a spark defensively. He got a couple of steals. It was one where everyone got to play and everyone scored for us. It wasnâ€™t like it was mop-up time. Everyone played and everyone contributed,â€ he said.
Snyder, a senior, and Williams, the junior point, were undoubtedly the leaders for the Wolves Tuesday in Cowieâ€™s eyes.
â€œKyle played well and had a good all-around game. He rebounded and defended well. Demory took it strong to the basket. He also got to the foul line. Anytime a guard gets to the foul line 12 times; you know heâ€™s taking it strong. He plays extremely hard all the time and gives us energy.â€
Williams paced Lincolnton from the foul line hitting 11-of-12 from the charity stripe. The rest of team showed that same type of aggressiveness getting to the line 40 times in the contest, connecting on 28 of them.
Lorenzo Camp led the Trojans with a game-high 20 points.
Lincolnton took sole possession of fourth place in the MW 2A with the victory. Friday night they will visit Lincoln Co. rival West Lincoln in another â€˜must-winâ€™ situation according to Cowie.
â€œItâ€™s another one of those games (a must-win). Weâ€™re certainly wanting to make it to the playoffs. As always, Iâ€™m expecting it to be another tough battle and weâ€™ll have to be ready in order to win,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™m sure it will be a lot of people, a lot of excitement and both teams will be ready to play,â€ Cowie added.
Lincolnton 20 15 18 23-66
Chase 10 14 10 13-47
WOLVES: Zack Gibson 10, Demory Williams 15, Dusty Friday 1, Derek Butler 1, Lance Friday 8, Jeremy Smith 1, Dustin Metts 5, Matt Wright 2, Kyle Snyder 10, Jammelle Jefferies 9, P.J. Hamright 3.
TROJANS: Jackson 10, Harding 3, Lorenzo Camp 20, Miller 5, Peterson 5, Cole 2, Davis 5.
The Lady Wolves trailed by only six points at the half, 26-20. But a three-point third quarter helped keep them winless in the Midwest 2A.
Shanda Faw led the Wolves with 17 points, while teammate Jessie Cline also was in double figures with 10. Keisha Duncan chipped in with five.
Janay Greene led the Trojans with 25 points.
Lincolnton will try to avenge an earlier season loss against the Lady Rebels on Friday. In their previous meeting, guard Candie Taylor scored 26 points and had 10 assists.
Lincolnton 6 14 3 11-34
Chase 9 17 9 16-51
WOLVES: Andrea Isoler 2, Jessie Cline 10, Shanda Faw 17, Keisha Duncan 5.
TROJANS: Q. Green 6, A. Walsh 9, C. Champion 2, Janay Greene 25, H. Jewett 6, A. Bridges 3.
Shanda Faw scored a team-high 17 points against the Lady Trojans, but it wasnâ€™t enough to help the Lady Wolves win, as they fell 51-34 to the Trojans. Joseph Brymer / LTN Photoby John Mark Brooks