The North Lincoln Knights sputtered out of the gate versus the Highland Tech Rams Tuesday night and never recovered, losing 68-59.
North clawed their way back to 42-41 at the end of the third quarter, but the Rams outscored them by eight in the decisive fourth quarter.
Anthony Stowe led all scorers with 30 points. Knightsâ€™ head coach David Johnson tipped his hat to him after the game.
â€œAnthony is a very good ballplayer. He handled the ball very well and he kept finding the gaps in the defense,â€ he said.
Johnson is hoping the Southern Foothillsâ€™ loss will serve as a wake-up call for his team.
â€œIt might end up being a blessing to find out that we have to play harder. We are not guaranteed a win just because we step on the floor. You always try to find the positive,â€ he said.
Friday night, North Lincoln will host Hendersonsville. Johnson believes his teamâ€™s next two games, against the Bearcats and Polk Co., are must-win games as far as their 1A State Playoff hopes.
â€œItâ€™s coming down to the end. Hendersonville can be a dangerous team. We canâ€™t take them for granted and overlook their game,â€ he said.
Kenny Bethea paced the Knights with 21 points. Trishtan Johnson chipped in 17.
The Knights are now 8-14 and 5-4 in the SF 1A.
Highland Tech 21 7 14 26-68
North Lincoln 14 4 23 18-59
RAMS: B. Darby 2, Anthony Stowe 30, Justin Byers 10, M. Hardin 6, D. Crawford 3, R.J. Smith 15, D. Washington 2.
KNIGHTS: L. Johnson 5, K. Baker 3, Trishtan Johnson 17, A. Loftin 5, D. Ward 1, Kenny Bethea 21, P. Brady 7.
The West Lincoln Rebels fell to the Bandys Trojans 71-60 Tuesday.
Matt Oakes, who nailed five 3-pointers, led the Trojans with 29 points.
The Rebels had a rare six-point possession in the third quarter as Taylor Woodie hit a three-pointer. A Trojansâ€™ foul underneath the basket gave West the ball and Ryan Huffman connected on another three to put the visitors up 44-42.
The Trojans responded with a 15-0 run, gaining a lead they would not relinquish.
West falls to 3-18 and 1-10 in the Midwest 2A with the loss.
Woodie, who made four 3-pointers, paced West Lincoln with 22 points. Ryan Huffman had 16.
â€œWe played hard. Oakes gave them a cushion in both halves with some big threes,â€ Wright said.
â€œIâ€™m proud of the way Taylor is asserting himself,â€ Wright added, of his sophomore guard.
West Lincoln 8 21 15 16-60
Bandys 18 18 13 22-71
REBELS: Ben Poole 9, Travis Jones 1, Heath Cole 1, Taylor Woodie 22, Daniel Paysour 7, Josh Fisher 2, Matt Baxter 2, Ryan Huffman 16.
TROJANS: B. Edmundson 3, T. Harper 9, Matt Oakes 29, Andrew Fearheily 15, K. McCleaves 2, C. Mackie 3, J. Frye 8, G. Bjarnasun 2.
by John Mark Brooks