PUMPKIN CENTER â€” The North Lincoln Lady Knights cruised to a first-round Southern Piedmont Conference tournament win over the Bessemer City Lady Yellow Jackets 103-39 on Monday.
North Lincoln started the game without its five starters, and instead, the five players that typically enter the game as substitutions carried much of the load for the Lady Knights.
â€œI wanted them to get some experience starting a game and get some experience playing in that first quarter, to see how they handled pressure situations like the jump ball and getting back on defense,â€ North Lincoln head coach Lynn Rhyne said. â€œI thought they played great, they played more than the starters played, and they were able to finish the game for us.â€
The Lady Knights jumped out to a 21-15 lead by the end of the first quarter, and poured on 24 more points before halftime while allowing five points to the Lady Yellow Jackets. With the game effectively out of Bessemer Cityâ€™s reach by halftime, a situation the Lady Knights have found themselves in several times during the season, Rhyne said she wanted her players to play as though the result was still undetermined.
â€œWeâ€™ve tried to make sure that our girls keep their intensity,â€ she said. â€œWe pulled back into the zone, with no press, but we also want to make sure that our kids play, and play hard. I expect our kids to play hard, I donâ€™t ever want to tell them not to play hard. I felt like Bessemer looked better tonight than the last time we played them. They scored 39 points, and I think they played well on their offense and defensive ends. I want to keep the girls moving in the right direction.â€