LINCOLNTON â€” Junior Treasure Avery scored 32 points for the Lincolnton Lady Wolves on Friday to lead her team to a 59-46 win over the East Lincoln Mustangs.
Lincolnton (12-7, 8-4 SPC) was recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month with shirts and pink shoes, and head coach Jimmy Carr said that played a role in his team jumping on the boards to an early 12-8 first-quarter lead.
â€œWe lost our longtime scorekeeper last year to breast cancer, so the girls came out wanting to play hard,â€ he said, â€œnot only to be playing basketball but to be doing something bigger than basketball. They were definitely fired up because of that.â€
Lincolnton senior Chelsea Slentz, who logged 17 points against Highland Tech on Jan. 31, was held to seven points against the Lady Mustangs, shooting 1-6 from the field and 4-8 from the free throw line. Junior Bridget Derr finished second for the Lady Wolves in scoring with eight points, and had 13 rebounds and five steals.
East Lincoln was paced by Jennifer Allisonâ€™s 13 points. Brittany Miller and Sydney Messmer each added nine points for the Lady Mustangs.
The Lady Wolves, overall, were 18-38 on 2-point field goals and 2-11 from long range, with Slentz and Avery hitting the lone 3-pointers of the night for Lincolnton. East Lincoln shot 13-46 from the field, with Miller nabbing her teamâ€™s two 3-pointers.
The highlight of the game came in the third quarter when Avery drove down the court toward East Lincolnâ€™s basket, crossed the ball over and pulled a spin move for a layup that brought the boisterous Lincolnton crowd to its feet.
Lincolnton closes out the regular season with games at Cherryville on Tuesday and at home against West Lincoln on Friday. The Lady Wolves defeated Cherryville 65-42 on Jan. 10, but fell to the Lady Rebels 26-21 three days later. East Lincoln hosts Highland Tech on Tuesday and North Lincoln on Friday.