Rebels begin with win
The West Lincoln Rebels won their season opener versus Maiden, beating the Blue Devils 56-45 without their top two returning scorers.
Daniel Payseur paced the Rebels with 16 points, while Ben Poole contributed 13 to the win.
Rebelsâ€™ head coach Chad Wright felt his team was a little rusty on offense, but felt other areas lifted them to victory.
â€œWe defended and rebounded well enough to give us an opportunity to get that win,â€ Wright said.
Sans Taylor Woodie and Gene Arp, Wright has been pleased with how other players have stepped up in their absence.
â€œWeâ€™ve definitely had a transition period of stepping up their roles to fill those voids, but Iâ€™m proud of what the other guys have been doing to accomplish that,â€ Wright said.
Arp, who pulled a hamstring in the Rebelsâ€™ first-round playoff game, is expected back sometime next week.
West Lincoln beat Maiden 55-48, as the Lady Rebels got 15 points from Kayda Caldwell and 14 from Holly Hoover.
The Lady Rebels shot 43-percent from the field. Sara Elmore, who had nine points, led West Lincoln with 10 rebounds, while Caldwell and Hoover both had eight apiece.
â€œIt was a great game overall and a good moral victory for us,â€ Lady Rebelsâ€™ head coach Jaime Boyles Honbaier said.
East Lincoln basketball
Despite 23 points from Jamelle Lowery, the Mustangs fell to East Gaston 54-51.
North Lincoln transfer Trishtan Johnson added 17 points in the loss, while Alex Newsome chipped in eight.
The Mustangs missed a game-tying three pointer as time expired.
North Lincoln wrestling
The North Lincoln wrestling Knights are off to a fast 4-2 start.
In the season opener, the Knights downed West Rowan 47-30.
On Saturday, the Knights wrestled in five matches, coming out on top in three of them. North Lincoln beat Mountain Heritage (64-18), Berry Acadamy (54-27) and West Iredell (49-30).
Through the teamâ€™s first six matches on the young season, Aaron Licourt, Justin Mintun and Derrick Hanks boast perfect records, while Stephen Wallace and Jacob Smith are 5-1 apiece.
Lady Wildcats volleyball
Burns beat Lincolnton Middle 3-0; 25-22, 25-13, 26-24.
Katie Wray paced the Wildcats with eight points and six aces, while her teammate Maggie Cline had seven points and two aces.
Emily Brown had five points, Tanetta Mutz had four points and Mercedes Moten and Allison Storey both had three points in the losing cause.
Other scorers for Lincolnton were: Bayley Beal with two points, Ashleigh Sherrill, Kindra Whiteside and Margo Lanier with one point apiece.
Pumpkin Center Middle School beat Lincolnton 2-0; 25-12 and 25-16 recently.
Maggie Cline, Tanetta Mutz and Peggy Williams led the Wildcats in scoring with four points apiece.
by John Mark Brooks