Bears slide by Rebels
The West Lincoln Rebels fell to Bunker Hill 59-54 Tuesday night at Bunker Hill.
West Lincoln cut trailed by double-figures, but cut the deficit to six late. Unfortunately for the Rebelsâ€™ faithful, back-to-back turnovers derailed any chance they had to win.
Despite the loss, Rebelsâ€™ head coach Chad Wright was pleased with his teamâ€™s defensive play.
â€œWe played much better defense tonight. We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game, but couldnâ€™t make the plays we needed,â€ he said.
Josh Fisher, Heath Cole, Travis Jones and Matt Baxter all guarded Martin Turbeville, at various times in the game and held him to 17 points.
â€œWe used a group-effort to guard Turbeville and we did a much better job containing him, despite the fact they ran a lot of isolation plays for him in the second half,â€ Wright said.
Sophomore guard Taylor Woodie paced West Lincoln with 17 points, while Ryan Huffman chipped in 15 points. Ben Poole had eight. Matt Baxter and Daniel Paysour both contributed six apiece.
The Rebelsâ€™ mark is 3-20 and 1-12 in the Midwest 2A.
The North Lincoln Knights lost to Polk Co. 77-62 Tuesday in an away contest.
Knightsâ€™ head coach David Johnson believed the Wolverinesâ€™ pressure defense was the difference-maker.
â€œWe came out with good momentum. We found our open shots, but then they picked up the pressure and we had poor judgment on our passing and shot selection,â€ he said.
The good news for the Knights is Bessemer City lost to Cherryville, so North Lincoln is assured a third place finish in the Southern Foothills 1A Conference.
Jarvis Garett and Justin Covil paced the Wolverines with 21 and 20 points respectively. Peyton Brady also scored 20, which is a season-high.
â€œI was really proud of Peyton. He really stepped it up his play. He carried the load for a while, while the team was struggling,â€ Johnson said of Brady, who had 13 first-quarter points.
North Lincoln now sets their focus on Fridayâ€™s away game with Maiden.
â€œItâ€™s going to be a tough game, we know that but at the same time our boys are confident we can play well. We have to turn it around and get ready for the games after this as well. We canâ€™t look back, we have to continue to move forward,â€ Johnson said.
One problem-area has been the Knightsâ€™ third-quarter play, Johnson is puzzled as to why.
â€œItâ€™s been that way all year and weâ€™ve talked about it all year. After halftime, we donâ€™t have the momentum, it takes us a while get it back up. Itâ€™s hurt us all year,â€ he said.
North Lincoln is 9-14, 6-5 in the Southern Foothills 1A.
The Lady Knights fell to Polk Co. 60-51 Tuesday.
Alyssa Lowe led the Knights in scoring with 17, while Chasity Morgan, freshly moved up from the JV team two weeks ago, added 11. Brianna Cunningham led the Wolverines with 25 points, while Kandra Staley had 15.
The Knights are 12-12 and 6-5 in the Southern Foothills 1A Conference.
by John Mark Brooks