By RYAN HERMAN
DENVER –– Lincoln Charter forced East Lincoln into 43 turnovers, and held it to just four made field goals as the Eagles won the non-conference girls basketball tilt 52-19 on Thursday.
Madi NeeSmith had 10 points and eight rebounds, and Kyra Johnson added 10 points on a night when Lincoln Charter’s pressure defense gave the Mustangs fits.
East Lincoln (1-1) turned it over on its first five possessions, and 13 of its 17 in the first quarter. The Mustangs didn’t get off a shot until Hannah Moolenaar missed a jumper with 1:54 left in the first, and didn’t get their first field goal to fall until Rachel Lane’s baseline jumper found the net 42 seconds later.
By then, the Eagles (4-0) led 11-4 –– Lane hit a pair of free throws at the 4:35 mark of the period –– and it was never that close again.
East Lincoln attempted just seven shots in the first half, and the only one to fall was Lane’s. It had 25 turnovers at the break and trailed 25-11.
Lincoln Charter had its share of struggles offensively, but came up big on the defensive end. It didn’t hit its first shot until Victoria Cobb hit a layup with 5:11 left in the first quarter.
East Lincoln went without a made field goal in the second quarter, and went 12:03 in between baskets.
Moolenaar, who had six points and a game-high 11 rebounds, hit a runner in the lane with 5:09 to play in the third.
Lane led the Mustangs with seven points, five from the free throw line. Kristle Henderson added seven rebounds.
Eboni Tinsley had nine points for the Eagles, who beat East Lincoln for a third straight time. The teams meet again at East Lincoln on Dec. 18.
EAST LINCOLN 80
LINCOLN CHARTER 25
Each player scored, and they all had at least one rebound apiece as East Lincoln’s boys team more than doubled up the Eagles in just about every statistical category.
Chazz Surratt scored a game-high 14 points –– all in the first half –– and his younger brother, Sage, added 11 as the Mustangs scored the game’s first 12 points and never looked back.
Hayden Duggins had a career-high 12 points and added a team-high nine rebounds for East Lincoln (2-0), which outrebounded Lincoln Charter (3-4) 52-21. The Mustangs had 18 offensive boards to the Eagles’ three.
Christian Hilty led Lincoln Charter in scoring with six points on a pair of 3s. Zach Hollar led it in rebounds with seven.
Charlie Hills had nine points and eight rebounds, and Christian Tyson-Bryant scored nine points, seven in the second half.
Chazz Surratt had five of his team’s 13 assists and its only block.
The Mustangs host Belmont South Point tonight in a non-league game while the Eagles host Matthews Queen’s Grant on Wednesday.