DENVER â€” The first four minutes of the Lincolnton Lady Wolvesâ€™ 42-35 win over the East Lincoln Lady Mustangs were scoreless, and it appeared the packed-in crowd at East Lincoln would be treated to a fast, low-scoring game.
The fans werenâ€™t disappointed, and the Lady Wolves used a second-half surge to get a hard-fought win in Southern Piedmont Conference play on Friday.
â€œPlaying on the road is tough, not to mention playing one of our big rivals,â€ Lincolnton head coach Jimmy Carr said.
â€œWe knew it was going to be a battle coming into it. You can throw the records out, it doesnâ€™t matter what our record is or their record is, itâ€™s going to be a battle. We knew their hype was going to give us some trouble.â€
The Lady Mustangs had an 18-15 lead at halftime but Lincolnton put 27 points on the board in the second half to finish with a win over its cross-town rival.
â€œWe needed to speed the game up in the second half, so we moved into the press and it gave us some more opportunities to get some shots and move toward the basket, rather than just trying to stand out there against the zone and shoot outside,â€ Carr said.
â€œWe try to control the tempo, and if we feel like we need to speed it up weâ€™ll move into the press but if we feel like we need to slow it down we can move into the set.â€
Lincolnton junior Treasure Avery, a three-year varsity starter, put 11 points on the board, behind teammate Chelsea Slentzâ€™s 12 points, but also pulled down seven rebounds, with six coming on defense, and logged six of the Lady Wolvesâ€™ 11 assists.
â€œTreasure does a great job of handling the ball,â€ Carr said. â€œSheâ€™s grown up so much as far as running the team. I pulled her over to the side at the end of the game and I told her I was proud of her because we were down early but she fought out of that and she came back and helped the team.â€
The Lady Wolves scored 18 points in the third quarter, while allowing only six to the Lady Mustangs. Slentz opened the third period with a 3-point basket to tie the game at 18-18 and Avery gave Lincolnton a 20-18Â lead a minute later with a steal, followed by a spin move and a layup. The Lady Wolves went on a 7-0 run to close the third quarter.