DENVER — Lincolnton senior Sydney Devine scored a triple-double in the Lady Wolves girls varsity basketball team’s 50-25 win over the East Lincoln Lady Mustangs in Southern Piedmont Conference play on Friday.
Devine finished with a game-high 15 points, 12 rebounds and 12 steals to help Lincolnton (16-4, 11-1) maintain a first-place tie with Lake Norman Charter in league play headed into the final week of the regular season.
Lincolnton closes out the season with a home game against Cherryville on Tuesday and a road game at West Lincoln on Friday. The Lady Wolves beat Cherryville (4-18, 2-10) 60-38 earlier in the season and defeated West Lincoln (9-11, 7-5) twice — 34-26 in the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash on Dec. 27 and again in conference play 38-35 on Jan. 18.
The Lady Wolves outscored East Lincoln 9-5 in the first quarter, with all of East Lincoln’s points coming from Jennifer Allison. Lincolnton opened the game with an 8-0 run that lasted through the first six minutes of the first quarter with Devine and senior Bridget Derr each scoring four points, and a free throw from junior Kaylin Monday with 15 seconds left.
Lincolnton had its best offensive quarter of the game in the second, outscoring East Lincoln 21-8. East Lincoln’s Teanna Anderson banked in a layup in the opening seconds of the quarter, but it took two full minutes, and a 7-0 run for Lincolnton, before the Lady Mustangs scored again on a layup by senior Ashlee Frazier. Lincolnton held East Lincoln (2-19, 2-10) scoreless through the final 4:36 before halftime and took a 23-11 lead into the break.
The Lady Wolves continued to piled on 15 more points in the third quarter and allowed four points to East Lincoln. Anderson added another field goal for the Lady Mustangs in the opening seconds but that touched off another 7-0 run by Lincolnton for a 37-15 lead.
The Lady Wolves held a comfortable 45-17 lead at the end of the third quarter and brought players off the bench in the fourth. East Lincoln took advantage, outscoring the Lady Wolves 8-5, with all of its points coming in the final three minutes of the game.
Lincolnton’s Alexis Killian added 12 points for the Lady Wolves. Derr scored six points with 17 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Allison led East Lincoln with seven points. Frazier added six.