The East Lincoln Mustangs find themselves in a three-way tie for third place in the Big South 3A with a 74-58 win over Hunter Huss Friday night.
The Mustangs outscored the Huskies 44-22 in the second half to earn the victory.
It was a balanced effort for the Mustangs as three players scored big. Darin Dellinger paced East with 20 points, but Jamelle Lowery and Carlos Marquez-Sykes were only a point off with 19 apiece. Wayne White nearly reached double-figures with nine.
Donterious Hughes and Antwain Pless both scored 13 points to lead Hunter Huss (9-13, 6-6).
The Mustangs (2-10, 5-16) were outscored 48-21 in the second half before losing 77-41.
Alyson Kielar led East Lincoln with 15 points. Krista Moore and Sarah Webb scored 12 apiece.
Tiffany Blackmon for the Huskies (16-5, 11-1) collected a rare 20/20 gameâ€”with 24 points and over 20 rebounds. Pacquita Wingate scored 19 to complement her. Angelica Roseboro chipped in with 11.
The West Lincoln Rebels fell to Midwest 2A Conference leader East Rutherford 91-42.
Josh Fisher paced the Rebels with 10 points, while Ryan Huffman chipped in nine.
West will play Bunker Hill on Tuesday, then host Shelby for senior night. Rebelsâ€™ head coach Chad Wright wants to see more defensive intensity.
â€œI hope we go out and try to defend a little bit better and give ourselves an opportunityâ€¦ try to find some pride on the defensive side of the ball,â€ he said.
Despite their record (3-19, 1-11) in the MW 2A, Wright has been happy with his teamâ€™s effort.
â€œIâ€™ve been real proud with how theyâ€™ve hung in there and tried to do things the right way. Theyâ€™ve been coachable all season and had good attitudes throughout.â€
Dion Watkins had 18 to lead the Cavaliers, while Cedrick Bristol contributed 14 in the win.
In the womenâ€™s game, East Rutherford won 97-45. The Rebels were led by Candie Taylor with 17 points. Four Lady Cavaliers scored in double-figures.
by John Mark Brooks