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Lincolnton girls beat Cherryville 65-42

Chelsea Slentz, seen here against Highland Tech, led Lincolnton with 15 points.

MICHAEL GEBELEIN
Sports Writer

LINCOLNTON — The Lincolnton Lady Wolves took a 65-42 win over the Cherryville Lady Ironmen in Southern Piedmont Conference play on Tuesday.
Cherryville held a 12-11 lead after the first quarter, but a 26-point showing in the second period by Lincolnton put the Lady Ironmen on their heels for the rest of the contest.
Chelsea Slentz led Lincolnton in scoring with a game-high 15 points and four 3-pointers. Junior forward Bridget Derr, who averaged just under five points per game before Tuesday’s game, finished second in scoring for Lincolnton with 10 points.
The Lady Wolves were a force on the defensive side of the ball, and allowed Cherryville senior Lauren Graham eight points in the game. Graham leads the Lady Ironmen in scoring with 20 points and 11 rebounds per game.
“One of the keys to us getting a win was containing Graham,” Lincolnton head coach Jimmy Carr said. “Our focus was to hold her in check a little bit, and I think the girls did a great job at that.”
Lincolnton stopped Cherryville from putting a player into double digits in scoring, and allowed only six points in the final period of play.
“We tried to play more up-tempo in the first half,” Carr said. “We played a lot of different players and we were trying to wear them down some in the first half and play a bit more systematic in the second half.”
The Lady Wolves had a 37-23 lead at halftime, and continued to pour points on in the second half. Slentz opened the third quarter with two free throws, followed shortly by a field goal by junior point guard Treasure Avery, who finished with seven points for Lincolnton. Nine different Lincolnton players contributed offensively, a figure that Carr said he was happy to see.
“It was a great overall team victory,” he said. “Everyone shared the ball and didn’t play selfishly. It felt like it started off kind of slow, but the second and third quarters really led us through the game.”
Lincolnton travels to Lake Norman Charter today, and is on the road again on Friday at West Lincoln.

Image courtesy of Ron McCann / Special to LTN

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