Despite playing without one of their leading scorers, the Lady Knights of North Lincoln beat Lincolnton 45-35 Thursday evening to reach the championship game.
Junior Kayla Alexander did not play after injuring her left shoulder versus South Iredell.
While thatâ€™s disappointing, Kathryn Thorne, Ashley Thackeray and Kayleigh Brown all stepped up in Alexanderâ€™s absence.
Thorne scored a team-high 14 points, while Thackeray complemented her with 12 points of her own for the Lady Knights (4-8, 1-2). Brown also was in double-figures with 11 in the win.
Senior Jessie Cline led Lincolnton with 17 points, while Charlotte Clark chipped in seven in the loss for the Lady Wolves (1-8, 1-1).
North Lincoln head coach Mark Lackey was pleased with his teamâ€™s play.
â€œIt was a big win for us. We didnâ€™t have Kayla, but our kids stepped it up individually. We did some good things and we made some mistakes, but we played through them,â€ he said.
So what is the Knightsâ€™ mindset entering the championship game versus West Lincoln?
â€œReally, we want to do the same thing as we did tonight. We want to come out and play with as few of mistakes as we can, do a better job rebounding and work our offense, be a little more patient,â€ Lackey said.
North Lincoln 10 7 16 12 -45
Lincolnton 8 9 9 9 -35
NORTH LINCOLN: Kathryn Thorne 14, Ashley Thackeray 12, Kayleigh Brown 11, Patterson 5, Feldon 3.
LINCOLNTON: Jessie Cline 17, Clark 7, Elmore 4, Jones 3, Lanier 2, Brown 2.
by John Mark Brooks