Rebels and Knights split in opener
West Lincoln (3-4, 1-0 SP) defended its home court Friday night with a 58-50 victory over North Lincoln (1-7, 0-1).
Junior Ben Poole scored a game-high 19 points, while Daniel Payseur contributed 11 of his own.
â€œI thought we rebounded well which gave us an opportunity to hold on to the lead despite the fact we didnâ€™t shoot well and had a lot of turnovers,â€ Rebels head coach Chad Wright said.
â€œGetting a win, especially with it being a conference win gives you confidence and is something we can build on,â€ Wright added.
Senior Alex Loftin paced the Knights with 16 points, while Kyle Baker added 14. Adrian Arruza also was in double figures with 11.
North Lincoln women
North Lincoln (2-6, 1-0 SP) beat West Lincoln behind 20 points from Kayla Alexander.
Alexander was one of four Lady Knights in double figures. Senior Alyssa Lowe complemented Alexander with 15 points, while fellow senior Caroline Farris contributed 12.
Chasity Morgan rounded out the balanced effort with 10.
Candi Taylor led the Lady Rebels with 16 points, while Sara Elmore added nine in the losing cause.
Lincolnton vs. East Women
Lincolnton (1-2, 1-0) swatted away a shot from the perimeter to hold off East Lincoln 39-37 Friday.
Jessie Cline paced the Lady Wolves with 15 points, while Hannah Parker contributed seven.
Krista Moore led the Lady Mustangs with a game-high 19 points, while Sarah Webb also finished in double figures with 11.
Wilson leads Cats to win in So. Con Opener
Lincolntonâ€™s all-time leading scorer Eric Wilson continues to make his mark as a starter.
Sunday, he, along with teammate Antonio Russell, helped Western Carolina beat Citadel 83-57 in both teamâ€™s Southern Conference opener.
Russell netted a game-high 26 points, including connecting on all four attempts from the perimeter.
Wilson scored 15 points, had seven rebounds and chipped in four assists for the Catamounts, who were looking to get off a good foot to start their conference season.
From the field, Wilson went 5-for-6 and made his only three-point attempt. He also only missed one free throw (4-for-5) in the victory.
Western ups its record to 7-6 and 1-0 in the Southern Conference. They will host Gardner Webb Thursday in a non-conference match up.
Wilson is averaging seven points and three rebounds on the season. From the free-throw stripe, heâ€™s connected on 75-percent (18-of-24) of his shots.
The 6â€™2â€ guard is shooting 43-percent from behind the three-point arc. His season highs are 21 points and 10 rebounds against Atlanta Christian.
by John Mark Brooks