Senior Taylor Woodie stepped up when his team needed him most on Senior Night Tuesday.
Woodie put West Lincoln on his back, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter to help the Rebels hold on for a 47-42 victory over Bessemer City.
The 5-foot-10 guard was a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line in the final stanza.
With 4:43 left in the contest, a Woodie jumper gave the Rebels a 36-34 leadâ€”a lead they would not relinquish.
â€œHe got in there, got him a couple of 15 footers to get himself going. Then when he stroked that three, you could just see the confidence building with each free throw afterwards,â€ Rebels head coach Chad Wright said.
Six Rebel playersâ€™ careers are winding down. Ben Poole, Casey Gee, Seth Wallace, Eric Armstrong, Brad Labor and the aforementioned Woodie made sure to make Senior Night special for that reason.
â€œFor four years these kids have not only won mine, but everyoneâ€™s hearts who have have watched them play. Itâ€™s exciting to see them have an opportunity to possibly get into the postseason (the state playoffs,â€ Wright said.
Wright believed Tuesdayâ€™s win was important for a couple of reasons.
â€œIt was really huge for us to win for our great group of seniors and then two, it gave us a huge boost in terms of playoff implications.â€
Poole complemented Woodie with 11 points of his own, while Gee added seven for the Rebels.
Zack Wilson scored a team-high 11 points to lead the Yellow Jackets, while Danny Betts added 11 in the loss.
North Lincoln snapped a three game losing streak in a big way Tuesday night with an 81-61 victory over South Iredell.
Seniors Adrian Arruza and A.J. Smith led the Knights.
Arruza scored a game-high 24 points, while A.J. Smith added 18 in the win. Junior David Ward also was in double-figures with 14 points for the Knights (10-12, 5-7).
â€œItâ€™s a confidence builder for the boys to break the losing streak and they played as a team the whole time,â€ Knights head coach David Johnson said.
â€œAdrian showed a lot of confidence, stepped up and helped carry the team.â€
As five careers, the careers of: Sam Williams, Jordan Smith, Matt Hovis and the aforementioned Arruza and Smith wind down, the Knights are hoping to make some noise in the conference tournament.
â€œWe expect a lot of our seniors. Theyâ€™ve shown a lot of leadership both on and off the court and as their career winds down, they know each game is more important,â€ Johnson said.
Up next for the Knights will be Bessemer City, who they will play tonight in a makeup game from last week after the contest was canceled due to inclement weather and the tragic car accident that took the lives of three Bessemer City students.
by John Mark Brooks