Special to LTN
VALE — A collapsed lung kept West Lincoln girls basketball coach Holly Specht from attending Tuesday’s conference opener against East Lincoln in person, but it didn’t keep her from watching.
From her hospital room in Gaston Memorial Hospital, Specht tuned in via Skype, at least for the first half, of the Lady Rebels 41-34 victory.
“She watched until it got hung up in the second half and we couldn’t get it to connect again,” West Lincoln assistant coach Heather Ramsey said. “Her family told her that if she got worked up, they’d take the computer away.”
She got to see enough as the Lady Rebels did just enough to beat the winless Lady Mustangs in the Southern Piedmont Conference opener for both teams.
After making 18 of 33 shots in the first three quarters and building a 39-28 lead entering the final quarter, West Lincoln went cold, as in 1 of 10 over the final eight minutes cold, and scored just two points. Fortunately for West Lincoln, the Lady Mustangs one-upped them with an 0 for 10 performance in the final quarter. East Lincoln scored all six of its points on free throws, but it took 16 attempts to do it.
“We knew in the fourth quarter that we didn’t put forth our best effort and we need to do better,” said Ramsey, who expects to coach the Lady Rebels on Thursday at Cherryville. “The girls realized that they didn’t play a good fourth quarter. It’s something we have to work on.”
Ashlee Frazier’s three-pointer with 3:32 to play in the first quarter gave East Lincoln a 9-6 lead, but Taylor Sigmon answered a minute later with a three-pointer of her own to give West Lincoln an 11-10 advantage it did not relinquish the rest of the game.
The Lady Rebels opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run, hitting their first four shots, to stretch the lead to 20-10. But East Lincoln fought back every time West Lincoln threatened to pull away. The Lady Mustangs trimmed the lead to five points on several occasions in the second and third quarters, but could not get closer.
Brittany Ormand led West Lincoln (3-4, 1-0 SPC) with 15 points, while Rebecca Owens added eight and Sigmon had seven. Jennifer Allison led the Lady Mustangs (0-6) with 12 points and Frazier, who sank three three-pointers, added 11.
Ramsey said that she expects Specht to be released from the hospital Thursday, but not cleared to coach the team in Cherryville.