[Ray Gora] North Lincoln’s Antaijah Easter (left) and Lincolnton’s Alexis Killian battle for the ball on Friday.MICHAEL GEBELEIN
LINCOLNTON — The Lincoln Lady Wolves girls varsity basketball team extended its win streak to three games with a 49-31 victory over the North Lincoln Lady Knights in Southern Piedmont Conference play on Friday.
Lincolnton senior Treasure Avery scored a team-high 15 points, went 7-10 from the free throw line and had six rebounds and three assists.
North Lincoln was led by sophomore center Payton Bruce’s game-high 19 points. Bruce shot 7-16 from the field, went 5-6 from the free throw line and had six rebounds.
The Wolves (5-2, 2-0 SPC) shot 41 percent from the field, making 16 of their 39 shots. The Lady Knights, who averaged 38 percent from the field through the first nine games of the season, shot 33 percent and made 10 of their 30 shots.
Bruce tied the game at 4-4 with a layup with 5:50 left in the first quarter, and knotted the score at 6-6 two minutes later with two free throws. The Lady Wolves then went on an 8-0 run to close out the first period. Lincolnton senior Alexis Killian scored a 3-pointer from the baseline with two minutes left in the first quarter, Bridget Derr added a free throw and Avery hit back-to-back jumpers to give Lincolnton a 14-6 lead.
The Lady Wolves outscored North Lincoln (6-4, 1-1 SPC) 14-7 in the second quarter to take a 28-13 lead at halftime.
The Lady Knights tried to tighten the gap in the third quarter and outscored Lincolnton 8-5. But the Lady Wolves closed out the fourth quarter by outscoring North Lincoln 16-10. Avery and Killian combined for 10 of Lincolnton’s fourth-quarter points.
Killian added 12 points and went 7-8 from the free throw line for Lincolnton. Derr added eight points and nine rebounds.
North Lincoln’s Antaijah Easter, who averaged nearly 25 points per game before Friday, scored nine points and had four rebounds. North Lincoln sophomore Lyndsi Pound had seven rebounds to lead the team.
North Lincoln plays Bandys at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the first game of the 2012 Peoples Bank Holiday Clash at Lincolnton High School. Lincolnton opens the tournament against West Lincoln at 6:30 p.m.