Wolves down Rebels
P.J. Hamrightâ€™s 19 points and nine rebounds helped lift Lincolnton over West Lincoln 76-53 Friday night.
Hamright was one of three players for the Wolves in double-figures as seniors Zack Gibson scored 15 and Lance Friday finished with 14.
â€œHe (P.J.) played well. He was able to score in the post for us with his back to the basket. Heâ€™s got a lot of ability, heâ€™s just been a little inconsistent at times,â€ Lincolnton head coach Bob Cowie said of his 6-foot-6 junior. â€œBut he was very good Friday night and made several real nice moves in the post,â€ he added.
West Lincoln trailed by just one point (25-24) at the half, but back-to-back quarters with 20 or more points put the Rebels away, despite 15 points from Ben Poole and 10 from Matt Baxter.
â€œFirst half, it was a very competitive game and you have to give credit to West Lincoln for that. Second half, we picked up our defensive intensity, got some defensive stops and that led to some fast break opportunities,â€ Cowie said.
The Wolves finish the regular season with a 15-4, 10-4 record, a mark Cowie is extremely pleased with.
â€œI have to be satisfied. Considering our late start, that is a pretty good regular season and hopefully we can build on that,â€ he said.
Next on the Wolvesâ€™ agenda is No. 6 seed South Iredell (4-18, 4-10) at home Monday night in the Southern Piedmont Conference Tournamentâ€™s first round.
â€œWe just have to ready to play. We played one of the best games of the year the last time we played them. We played very well and they did not play very well and the 35-point win was the result,â€ Cowie said. â€œWeâ€™re going to have to make sure weâ€™re ready to play tomorrow. There certainly is not a 35-point difference between us and South Iredell, we have to be ready to play,â€ he added.
Lady Knights vs. Lady Mustangs
North Lincoln (16-8, 12-2) made some clutch free throws and received 26 points from senior Alyssa Lowe to push the Lady Knights past pesky East Lincoln (1-23, 1-13) 67-63 in overtime Friday night.
Krista Moore scored a game-high 29 points for the Lady Mustangs, while Sarah Webb contributed 16.
Kayla Alexander complemented Lowe with 19 points, while freshman Ashley Thackeray had 15 in the win.
North Lincoln will host No. 7 seed Bessemer City Monday, while East Lincoln will pay a visit to No. 1 South Iredell.
Lady Rebels vs. Wolves
Senior Sara Elmore scored 15 to help lead West Lincoln (12-11, 10-4) past Lincolnton 44-36 Friday.
In addition to Elmoreâ€™s 15 points, Jessie Watts scored nine points for the Lady Rebels. Brittany Jones paced the Lady Wolves with 13, while Jessie Cline added 11.
Lincolnton will visit No. 4 Cherryville Monday night at 6:30 p.m., while No. 6 Highland Tech will visit West Lincoln.
by John Mark Brooks