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Lincolnton girls edge W. Lincoln 38-35

Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News
Lincolnton’s Treasure Avery dribbles the ball while West Lincoln’s Taylor Sutton defends on Friday.

MICHAEL GEBELEIN
Sports Editor

LINCOLNTON — The Lincolnton Lady Wolves girls varsity basketball team extended its Southern Piedmont Conference win streak to six games with a narrow 38-35 victory over the West Lincoln Lady Rebels on Friday.
The Lady Rebels (5-9, 3-3) opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run to take a 29-25 lead over Lincolnton with under five minutes left in the game. West Lincoln senior Taylor Sutton executed a steal and a layup to tie the game at 25-25 with just under six minutes left in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Madison Ferguson nailed a short jump shot to put the Lady Rebels on top 27-25 with 5:17 to play and Sutton banked in a shot from the foul line to give West Lincoln a 29-25 cushion.
That’s when first-place Lincolnton (11-3, 6-0) clawed its way back into the game.
Alexis Killian hit a pair of free throws to cut West Lincoln’s lead to 29-27. West Lincoln senior Rylee Marsh sank a layup to give West Lincoln a 31-27 lead but Lincolnton’s Bridgett Derr made a free throw, Treasure Avery hit a short jumper and Nadia Byers nailed a 3-pointer to put Lincolnton on top 33-31 with 2:55 left to play.
West Lincoln senior Brittany Ormand made a pair of free throws to knot the game at 33-33 but Avery followed up with a jumper and Sydney Devine made a free throw to put Lincolnton ahead 36-33.
Marsh made two free throws with 23 seconds left in the game to cut Lincolnton’s lead to 36-35 but Killian made two more free throws with less than one second left to ice the game.
Lincolnton took an 8-6 lead out of the first quarter and led 20-16 at halftime. Marsh tied the game at 16-16 with a pair of free throws with one minutes left before the halftime break but Devine stole the ball and made a layup with seven seconds left and Avery made a steal and a layup just before the buzzer to give Lincolnton a four-point halftime lead.
Lincolnton travels to Cherryville (3-13, 1-5) on Tuesday. West Lincoln hosts Bessemer City (7-7, 3-3).

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