The host Lady Rebels advanced to the championship of the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash with a 51-36 victory over North Gaston Thursday evening.
West Lincoln (4-7, 2-0), which took a 26-19 lead into halftime, did not look back en route to its first-round victory.
â€œIt was a hard-fought win. The girls played hard until the end and came out with the victory,â€ Lady Rebels head coach Jaime Honbaier said.
The Rebels had four players reach double-figures, as Jessie Watts, Beth Pittman, Kayda Caldwell and Sarah Norman each scored 10 points in the win.
Pittman also had four steals, while Caldwell had six boards. Elle Tallent chipped in seven points and also had five rebounds.
Honbaier was pleased to see how evenly distributed the scoring between her players.
â€œWith that kind of balance that helps us out in the long run. Now we can focus on our defense more and maybe our offense will start coming along as the season progresses,â€ she said.
North Gastonâ€™s Reeva Gladen was the only Lady Wildcat to reach double-figures with 13 points in the loss.
West Lincoln will take on Lincoln County rival North Lincoln in the championship game Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Knights defeated Lincolnton 45-35 in the first game of the tournament.
This yearâ€™s tournament director is Ryan Waddle, who is Peoples Bank Assistant Vice President of Lincolnton.
North Gaston 14 5 10 7 -36
West Lincoln 11 15 10 15 -51
NORTH GASTON: Reeva Gladen 13, Glenn 6, Patterson 4, Hines 3, Ginyard 3, Vanderford 3, White 2, McLean 2.
WEST LINCOLN: Jessie Watts 10, Beth Pittman 10, Kayda Caldwell 10, Sarah Norman 10, Tallent 7, Richard 3, Sigmon 1.
by John Mark Brooks