LINCOLNTON — The Lincolnton Lady Wolves girls varsity basketball team held the West Lincoln Lady Rebels to two first-quarter points on their way to a 34-25 win in their opener of the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash on Thursday.
Lincolnton moves on to face Bandys in the girls championship game at 6:30 p.m. today. West Lincoln will play against North Lincoln in the consolation game at 3:30 p.m. today.
The Lady Wolves blistered West Lincoln for 14 points in the first quarter to take a 14-2 lead out of the first period. Lincolnton’s Nadia Byers hit a 3-pointer two minutes into the game to open scoring and Bridgett Derr added a field goal with 5:11 remaining in the first quarter to put Lincolnton ahead 5-0.
West Lincoln’s Rylee Marsh put the Lady Rebels on the scoreboard with a layup with just under five minutes left in the first period.
Lincolnton then took a 9-0 run, including another 3-pointer by Byers, a field goal by Derr, a 3-pointer by Sydney Devine and a free throw from Kaylin Monday to close out the first quarter.
The Lady Wolves got cold in the second quarter and were outscored by West Lincoln 7-4. Senior Rebecca Owens added two free throws for West Lincoln 30 seconds into the second quarter, followed by a single free throw and a field goal by Marsh. Shelby Rollins banked in a layup for Lincolnton with two minutes left before halftime and Treasure Avery scored on a short jumper with 14 seconds left before the break to give Lincolnton an 18-9 halftime lead.
The Lady Rebels matched their point total for the first half with their nine-point performance in the third quarter but still trailed Lincolnton 23-18 before the fourth quarter.
The Lady Wolves outscored West Lincoln 11-7 in the fourth quarter. Marsh cut Lincolnton’s lead to 23-20 off an assist from senior Taylor Sutton 20 seconds into the fourth quarter. Derr pushed Lincolnton’s lead to 25-20 moments later with a layup.
West Lincoln freshman Erin Huff added a 3-pointer as time expired for the final margin.
Derr scored a game-high 10 points for Lincolnton. Marsh added nine points for the Lady Rebels.