Mustangs trounce Red Raiders
East Lincoln High School hammered South Point 89-47 Wednesday night.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 24-point lead and didnâ€™t look back en route to the blowout victory.
Trishton Johnson, a North Lincoln High School transfer, had a game-high 25 points, including four three pointers made.
Johnson was one of five Mustangs in double figures, as both senior Jamelle Lowery and sophomore Adrian Forney netted 14 points apiece.
Keith Rendleman contributed 13 points, while Payton Brady, another North Lincoln transfer, chipped in with 10.
Brandon Spencer with nine points led the Red Raiders. All nine Mustangs entered the scoring column with at least two points.
North Lincoln fell to Bunker Hill 71-64 Wednesday night.
Once again, Kenny Bethea led the Knights with 21 points, while his teammate Adrian Arruza contributed 12 in the loss.
Scot Naidas and Varron Williams paced the Bears with 15 points, while Blake Miller chipped in 11.
The Knights are now 1-2 on the young season.
On the womenâ€™s side, the Lady Bears beat the Knights 56-38.
Senior Alyssa Lowe paced North Lincoln with 13 points, while Kathryn Thorne contributed 12. Kayla Alexander chipped in six points.
Lefevers paced the Lady Bears with 20 points, while Payne had 11.
Fred T. Foard High School beat West Lincoln High School 49-38 Thursday night.
Jon Teague paced the Tigers with 10 points while junior Ben Poole scored a game-high 16 for West.
The Tigers out shot the Rebels 41-7 (attempts) at the charity stripe.
â€œWe obviously have to do a better job of getting the ball down low so that we can go to the free throw line a little bit more,â€ Rebels head coach Chad Wright said.
When a team out shoots their opponent, conventional wisdom would say they earn the win, but Thursday defied that logic, as West Lincoln made 16 field goals to the Tigersâ€™ 13 made buckets.
As the season progresses, Wright is looking for his post players: 6 feet 2 inches power forward Daniel Payseur, 6 feet 3 inches center Eric Armstrong, 6 feet 2 inches power forward Travis Jones and 6 feet 2 inches center Jake Watts to establish a low-post presence opponents have to respect.
â€œWe have to be able to get some production down low to take the pressure off our shooters and open up more outside shots,â€ Wright said.
Despite the loss, an area Wright has been pleased with is his teamâ€™s defensive intensity.
â€œIâ€™ve been really pleased with our defensive effort in the first two games. It will give us a chance to be a good team if we can polish up our offensive execution,â€ he said.
The Rebels, 1-2 on the young season, will host West Iredell Friday night.
Wilson continues to shine
Former Lincolnton star Eric Wilson helped Western Carolina win their second-consecutive game Wednesday night as the Catamounts beat Montreat 76-59.
Wilson, who has started the last five games, played 29 minutes, scoring 17 points and raking down three rebounds in the win. He also made his only three-point attempt and went eight-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Western will next be in action Saturday night as they host mountain-rival the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
by John Mark Brooks