MAIDEN — The Lincoln Lady Wolves girls varsity basketball team blistered the Maiden Lady Blue Devils in the first half of their 59-43 win on Friday.
The Lady Wolves held a 40-27 halftime lead, but managed five points in the third quarter to hold a 45-36 lead entering the final quarter.
“We scored 40 points in the first half — that’s good for us,” Lincolnton head coach Jimmy Carr said. “I think we need to get out of the locker room faster and quit trying to go over X’s and O’s and let them get back out and warmed up.”
Nadia Byers (8 points) and Sydney Devine (8 points) each scored five points in the first quarter to help the Lady Wolves to a 17-15 first-quarter lead. Lincolnton outscored Maiden 23-12 in the second quarter, with Treasure Avery scoring 11 of her 21 total points in the second quarter.
“We tried to let the game come to us,” Carr said. “We have a couple of games under our belt now. We’re starting to gel better than we were early.”
Seven different Lincolnton players contributed points to the win in Lincolnton’s first road game.
“I think it was good for us to play on the road,” Carr said. “We played at home under two big crowds and they were a little bit nervous.”
Maiden came out of the halftime break in a zone defense, forcing Lincolnton into a delay offense and limiting the number of points scored.
“They were playing that zone and forcing us to take some long shots,” Carr said. “We wanted to draw them out of that zone and make them come play us man-to-man and then we can let Tresure penetrate and drive and try to get easy buckets.”
Sabrina Gaither led Maiden with 21 points.