GASTONIA â€” The Lincolnton Lady Wolves completed a season sweep of the Highland Tech Lady Rams with a 52-40 Southern Piedmont Conference victory on Tuesday.
Lincolnton was strong from beyond the 3-point line throughout the game, and amassed 30 of its points on long-range shots, with 24 coming in the first half.
â€œOur philosophy is that we like threes and we love layups,â€ Lincolnton head coach Jimmy Carr said. â€œThatâ€™s what we try to live by. There are percentages, as far as possession, that show that youâ€™re better off either taking the wide open three or driving toward the basket instead of taking 15- or 18-foot jumpers.â€
The Lady Wolves were led on offense by Chelsea Slentzâ€™s 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Alexis Killian added 14 points for Lincolnton, while Treasure Avery contributed 11 points and seven assists.
â€œThey were in a diamond-one defense on Chelsea to try to take her out of the game,â€ Carr said. â€œCoach Jordan is Chelseaâ€™s AAU coach, so he knows that she can just flat-out shoot the ball. He wanted to try to take her away, which was a smart move, but we have other players who can shoot the ball. She banked two in the beginning of the game and then hit another one, which was a good icebreaker for her, because once she gets going sheâ€™ll go for the entire game.â€
The Lady Wolves opened the game with a 9-2 run, and closed the first quarter with a 5-0 run for a 21-10 lead.
The second quarter was slow for both teams, with Lincolnton posting eight points while the Lady Rams added only five.
Lincolnton pulled ahead even further after the halftime break with 11 third-quarter points, and allowed four points to Highland Tech.
The Lady Rams showed signs of life in the fourth quarter, and brought the game within 12 points through a full-press defense that caused several Lincolnton turnovers.
The Lady Wolves ended the game with five free-throw points by Killian and an added free-throw point by Avery.
The Lady Wolves (11-7, 7-4 SPC) host East Lincoln on Friday.