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Lady Rebels fall to 5-0 N. Lincoln

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PUMPKIN CENTER — If North Lincoln coach Lynn Rhyne plans to operate a basketball camp next summer, she should make copies of Friday night’s game and hand it out to everyone who attends.
Because the Knights put on a clinic in their 76-39 win against West Lincoln.
In each quarter Friday, Rhyne played her starters the first half and her second five the rest of the quarter. The game plan produced great results: nine players scored at least four points, the Knights shot 52 percent from the field and assisted on 22 of their 33 made field goals.
“We have a rotation, but it seemed to be clicking and when they’re working well together, sometimes we’ll just stay with that five and five because we have 10 young ladies who can play basketball,” Rhyne said. “That helps tremendously.”
She said it wasn’t a perfect performance, but she was certainly pleased.
“We have to work more on our rebounding. There were a couple times that West Lincoln got a couple of offensive rebounds and we didn’t box out,” Rhyne said. “That’s one thing we have to work on for our next game. But overall they played well as a team, they were looking for each other—22 assists shows they were looking for each other. They were shooting very well tonight.”
North Lincoln improved to 9-4 overall and 5-0 in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A. The Rebels dropped to 3-10 and 2-3.
Ace Easter scored 13 of her 16 points in the first half to lead North Lincoln, while Stephanie Wooten added 11, Maggie Robinson scored 10 and everyone else contributed in one way or another with Lauren Armstrong (9 points), Nicole Paysour (9 points on three 3-pointers) and Sarah Barr (8 points) leading the way.
West Lincoln hung close early. Kelsey Poole scored to cut the North Lincoln lead to 9-5 with 3:57 left in the opening quarter, but Barr hit two jumpers and Payton Bruce scored with time running out to cap off a 12-6 run that stretched the lead to 21-11.
Easter scored nine points and Wooten had three dazzling assists (to Lacey Miller, Paysour and Easter) as the Knights opened the second quarter on a 19-3 run to put the game out of reach.
After a Wooten three-pointer to start the third quarter, Robinson hit three consecutive jumpers and Kayla Burchett’s bank shot capped off a 17-3 run to make it 59-25 with 2:26 left in the quarter.
“That’s kind of the game plan we’ve gone with this whole year since we have so many who know how to play,” Rhyne said of her team’s depth. “We’re blessed because they do know and they’re working together.”
Erica Webb scored nine of her 15 points in the second half to lead the Rebels. Taylor Sutton added six for West Lincoln and Rylee Marsh and Brook Hudson scored four points each

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