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Knights sputter against Rams

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. Knights’ head coach David Johnson tipped his hat to him after the game.
“Anthony is a very good ballplayer. He handled the ball very well and he kept finding the gaps in the defense,” he said.
Johnson is hoping the Southern Foothills’ loss will serve as a wake-up call for his team.
“It 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,” he said.
Friday night, North Lincoln will host Hendersonsville. Johnson believes his team’s next two games, against the Bearcats and Polk Co., are must-win games as far as their 1A State Playoff hopes.
“It’s coming down to the end. Hendersonville can be a dangerous team. We can’t take them for granted and overlook their game,” 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 Trojans’ 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.
“We played hard. Oakes gave them a cushion in both halves with some big threes,” Wright said.
“I’m proud of the way Taylor is asserting himself,” 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

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