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Showdown set for the Lady Knights

The Lady Knights refused to look past Lincolnton Friday and their focus earned them a 73-57 victory.
North Lincoln (15-7, 11-1) will battle South Iredell (14-8, 11-) Tuesday night, but they knew for that game to mean anything they would have to get past Lincoln County rival Lincolnton (6-14, 5-7).
Sophomore Kayla Alexander paced the Lady Knights with 22 points, while senior Alyssa Lowe complemented her with 21 points. Kathryn Thorne also finished in double-figures with 10.
“They (Kayla and Alyssa) got a lot of good looks. We rotated the basketball around real well in the first half, and when we do that we find a lot of open looks and we were fortunate they knocked them down,” North Lincoln head coach Mark Lackey said.
Entering the game, although it was tempting to look ahead, Lackey impressed upon his team the importance of not overlooking Lincolnton.
“We talked about it for two days. This Lincolnton team is a good team, they’re well-coached by Coach (Franklin) Lowery, who does an excellent job leading them,” he said. “They’ve been playing very well, took South Iredell to the wire and probably should’ve won the basketball game. You can’t let a team sneak up and beat you and this team was very capable of beating us if we didn’t play well tonight,” he said.
Both Jessie Cline and Brittany Jones scored 15 for the Lady Wolves in the losing cause.
With Friday’s victory, the Lady Knights will welcome South Iredell to town in a battle for supremacy in the Southern Piedmont, a match-up Lackey and company have been anticipating for some time.
“We’ve taken it one game at a time, but in the back of our minds, it’s been South Iredell and we can’t wait to see them. Hopefully, we’ll play well. A conference championship would be nice—these kids deserve it and hopefully we’ll have a shot at it,” Lackey said. “It’s a game that’s going to be worth watching. I think we’ll come out and play better. We did not play well over there the first time, we had too many turnovers, did not take care of the basketball and it showed.”
by John Mark Brooks

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