VALE — The Lincolnton Lady Wolves girls varsity basketball team wrapped up a share of the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference regular-season championship with a 63-34 win over the West Lincoln Lady Rebels on Friday in the final game of the 2012-2013 regular season.
Lincolnton (18-4, 13-1) finished the regular season tied for first place with Lake Norman Charter.
Lincolnton completed a three-game regular-season sweep of the Lady Rebels (10-12, 8-6) with the win, but Friday’s 29-point margin was the largest of the teams’ meetings this season. Lincolnton took a 34-26 win over West Lincoln on Dec. 27 and took a narrow 38-35 win on Jan. 18.
Lincolnton’s Bridget Derr scored a game-high 26 points with 19 rebounds on Friday. Treasure Avery logged 12 points with 12 assists and seven rebounds. Alexis Killian scored 11 points with five steals.
West Lincoln was paced by Taylor Sutton’s 10 points. Rylee Marsh added nine points for the Lady Rebels.
Lincolnton took the lead with a 3-pointer by Killian in the opening seconds and, after a 2-point field goal by West Lincoln senior Sutton, extended its lead to 5-2 with a field goal by Killian on a fast break.
West Lincoln senior Marsh cut Lincolnton’s lead to 5-4 with a layup while under tough pressure from Lincolnton’s Derr and Sutton landed a layup with 5:23 left in the first quarter to give the Lady Rebels a 6-5 lead. Sutton banked in a pair of free throws to put West Lincoln ahead 8-5 with five minutes left in the first period.
Lincolnton outscored West Lincoln 9-2 in the last three minutes of the first quarter to take a 14-11 lead out of the first frame. Derr hit a short jump shot, and then Avery made two free throws with 2:33 left in the first to give Lincolnton at 9-8 lead that they never relinquished.
Lincolnton’s Sydney Devine hit an easy layup on a sharp pass from Killian and Derr made a field goal to put Lincolnton ahead 14-11.
The Lady Wolves outscored West Lincoln 18-9 in the second quarter to take a 32-20 lead into the halftime break. Lincolnton took a 10-0 run midway through the quarter to take a 28-15 lead by pressuring West Lincoln’s offense and forcing turnovers. West Lincoln senior Rebecca Owens snapped the skid with a pair of free throws with just over two minutes left before halftime.
The Lady Rebels came within six points of the Lady Wolves, cutting Lincolnton’s lead to 37-31, in the third quarter. West Lincoln freshman Erin Huff hit a 3-pointer to open the period, but Lincolnton’s Nadia Byers countered with a 3-pointer to put Lincolnton ahead 35-23. Owens and West Lincoln senior Brittany Ormand made back-to-back field goals and Sutton nailed a short jump shot as part of an 8-2 run by the Lady Rebels to shorten the gap to 37-31.
But Kaylin Monday pulled down an offensive board and made a layup for Lincolnton to put the Lady Wolves ahead 39-31 and Lincolnton outscored West Lincoln 11-0 in the last 2:30 of the third quarter.
Lincolnton held West Lincoln to three fourth-quarter points and scored 15 from the bench to take the win.
No. 1 Lincolnton and No. 4 West Lincoln both open the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference tournament with home games today. Lincolnton hosts No. 8 Highland Tech at 7 p.m. West Lincoln hosts No. 5 Bessemer City at 7 p.m. If both Lincolnton and West Lincoln win, they’ll face each other once more in a semifinal game at 8 p.m. Tuesday at East Lincoln.