West pulls off big upset
Cherryville jumped out to a 12-0 lead before hanging on for a 74-63 victory over Highland Tech Wednesday night.
Six-foot-seven sensation Justin Johnson paced the Ironmen in scoring with 27 points, including 11-of-12 from the charity stripe.
Fellow sophomore Cameron Lovelace continued his recent high scoring with 21 points, while Brad Kendrick also found himself in double figures with 10. Antonio Griggs chipped in eight points in the win.
â€œWe played real good ball. We had the inside/outside game working and Cameron knocked down open shots. We did a real good job getting the ball into the post,â€ Johnson said.
Trey McCorkle scored a team-high 19 points for the Rams (14-11).
The Ironmen (24-2) win sets up another showdown between the 1A power and Lincoln County school East Lincoln.
On the season, both teams came away with hard-fought wins on the other home court.
They will meet in Fridayâ€™s championship game of the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament at 8 p.m. at South Iredell High School in Troutman.
The meeting is one highly-anticipated by Johnson and company.
â€œI say third time is a charm in our favor. We are hungry. We have only snacked this week with West Lincoln and Highland Tech,â€ he said.
West Lincoln vs. North Lincoln womenâ€™s
The third time wasnâ€™t a charm for the Lady Rebels against the Lady Knights, but the fourth time was.
And fortunately for the Rebelsâ€™ faithful, and the Rebels themselves, it couldnâ€™t have come at a better time.
With a 62-54 upset of No. 2 seed North Lincoln (17-9) Wednesday night, West Lincoln, who has already earned a 2A state playoff berth can better jump up to No. 2 and earn a home playoff game with a victory against South Iredell in the Southern Piedmont Conference championship.
The gifted duo of Sara Elmore and freshman Kayda Caldwell once again helped propel West Lincoln to the win with 17 points and 16 respectively. Anna Knight also reached double figures with 10 for the Rebels (14-10), winners of eight of their last 10.
Freshman Ashley Thackeray continued to impress with 13 points and seven rebounds. Senior Alyssa Lowe also scored 13 in the loss, followed by 10 from Kathryn Thorne.
West Lincoln will face the host Lady Vikings (18-8) at 6:30 p.m. Friday for the conference crown.
Tiffany Whiting continued her strong play with 28 points in helping her No. 1 seed Lady Vikings hang on for a 61-58 victory Wednesday night.
Megan Bridges scored a team-high 15 for the Lady Ironmen (11-13). Casey Valentine also was in double figures with 10.
by John Mark Brooks