Mustangs take conference crown
The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs beat South Iredell in the Southern Piedmont Conference Tournament Finals Thursday.
East Lincoln, who had lost to South Iredell twice on the season, beat the Vikings 3-2; 28-26, 23-25, 17-25, 25-20, 15-7.
Trailing 6-7, East Lincolnâ€™s Krista Abernathy served out the match using four aces to help her team rally for a 15-7 victory.
Abernathy had 43 assists, five aces and six digs in the contests. Kassi Henry finished with 15 kills, 11 digs and one roof.
Lauren Sharpe paced the Lady Mustangs with 20 kills, three aces, six digs and three blocks.
Other standouts for East Lincoln were: Brittany Lackey who had 10 digs and five kills, Katie Reel who had eight kills and five blocks (including four roofs) and Mandy Homce who had seven digs and two blocks.
The Lady Mustangs (19-9) enter next weekâ€™s 2A State Playoffs with plenty of momentum after the exciting narrow victory.
The East Lincoln Middle School Lady Falcons (10-0) beat Lincolnton Tuesday 22-9.
Sarah Martin recorded the victory on the mound.
Emily Kosmala paced the Falcons at the plate with a double and a triple.
Racquel Cooke, Cyndy Benton and Amanda Francis all had two singles.
Tyler Rouch, Amanda Phillips, Peyton Honeycutt all singled.
The North Lincoln Lady Knights defeated North Stanley Tuesday in the first round of the Dual Team State Tournament.
They will play Salisbury on Tuesday in the second round. The Knights, coached by Julie Mills are 11-2 on the season.
â€œThe girls are hoping to improve last yearâ€™s finish by making it past the second round this season,â€ Mills said.
East Lincoln beat Hibriten 5-2 in the first round of the Dual Team State Tournament Tuesday.
Madeline Jones, Laura Estridge, Janna Mills and Caitlin Kreshon earned wins in singles. In doubles, the duo of Estridge/Parker was victorious.
â€œThis was a very good win for us versus the Catawba Valley Conference champion team full of experience with five seniors,â€ East Lincoln head coach Mike Davis said.
â€œLaura was a rock today in both singles and doubles. She out-worked and out-hustled her opponent in singles and absolutely dominated the net in doubles to seal the victory for the team,â€ he added.
Davis also cited Jones, Mills and Kreshon for their solid play.
The Lady Mustangs advance to the Sweet 16 and will face either West Stanley or North Rowan next week.
East Lincoln (5-1) lost to Burns 24-16 Wednesday, suffering their first defeat of the season.
A turnover late in the second quarter, which resulted in a Burnsâ€™ touchdown and poor tackling was the difference according to head coach Eric Miller.by John Mark Brooks