DENVER — The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs girls varsity basketball team played close with the West Lincoln Lady Rebels for two quarters on Tuesday.
But then, in the third, things started to break down.
The Lady Rebels (7-9, 5-3) outscored East Lincoln 12-5 in the third quarter and took a 29-19 lead by the end of the period, on their way to a 39-28 Southern Piedmont Conference victory.
West Lincoln freshman Erin Huff banked in a short jump shot less than 30 seconds into the second half, followed closely by a 3-pointer by East Lincoln’s Rachel Lane with seven minutes left in the period to give West Lincoln a 19-17 lead.
That touched off a 7-0 run by the Lady Rebels that lasted until just over a minute was left in the third, and was snapped when East Lincoln’s Hanna Moolenaar made a layup with 1:20 left. Huff made another short jump shot with 6:34 left in the third, followed by a layup by senior Taylor Sutton off a steal to take West Lincoln’s lead to 23-17. Huff added a 3-pointer with 3:20 left in the period.
The Lady Rebels were plagued by a scoring drought through most of the fourth quarter, but outscored East Lincoln 10-9. Huff made a 2-point basket with 7:33 left in the game but the Lady Rebels didn’t score again until Sutton landed a short jump shot with 2:38 left. Senior Rebecca Owens took West Lincoln’s lead to 35-26 moments later with a one-handed layup. The Lady Rebels closed out the game with a 4-0 run with baskets by Sutton and Owens with less than a minute left.
Huff led West Lincoln in scoring with 11 points. Senior Rylee Marsh finished with 10 points and Sutton added eight points.
East Lincoln (2-16, 2-7) senior Ashlee Frazier paced the Lady Mustangs with nine points. Lane added seven points and Jennifer Allison, Mackenzie Mackel and Moolenaar all scored four points.