By RYAN HERMAN
NEWTON –– West Lincoln likes to get out and run, and at Fred T. Foard the Rebels did plenty of it.
Chasing the Tigers, that is.
Tyler Johnson scored a game-high 23 points and Fred T. Foard took full advantage of West Lincoln’s spacious defense and its 36 turnovers in a 101-60 non-league win on Friday.
The Tigers, who had previously lost at Catawba County rivals Bandys (58-54) and Bunker Hill (49-45) earlier in the week, nearly matched their point total for the season against a defense that gave them plenty of looks at the rim.
Fred T. Foard (1-2) hit just four of its 13 3-point attempts, but made up for it by shooting 59 percent (36 for 61) from inside the arc.
The Tigers, who had just 17 turnovers –– eight after the game was well out of hand –– found the holes in West Lincoln’s defense, and turned those lanes into one more assist (14) than the Rebels had made field goals (13).
“We’re just not a very good basketball team right now,” West Lincoln coach Karl Sain said.
West Lincoln had a turnover on its first seven possessions, and didn’t get on the board until Todric Anderson’s 3 with 3:36 left in the first quarter.
Fred T. Foard, which eclipsed the century mark with roughly 30 seconds left to play, led 24-10 after one quarter, and scored at least 23 points in each period.
“Our guys are trying really hard, but we’ve only had four team practices and played five games,” Sain said. “We had our first full team practice the day before our first game.
“We’re behind, but we’re giving it all we have.”
Anderson, a junior, scored 12 points two days after scoring a career-high 29 in a loss at Valdese Draughn. Dylan Frady led the Rebels (0-5) with 22 points but hit just four of his 16 shot attempts. He was 12 of 14 at the free throw line, and hit nine straight at one point.
Austin May had seven points and 12 rebounds and Zach Carpenter and Frady had eight boards each for West Lincoln, which shot 22 percent (13 for 59) from the floor and hit only five of its 31 3-point shots.
FRED T. FOARD 43
WEST LINCOLN 36
Kayla Whitworth scored 17 points and the Tigers broke open a close game in the third quarter to win their first of the season.
Hayley Norman added 12 points for Fred T. Foard (1-2), which outscored the Rebels 12-5 in the decisive third period.
West Lincoln, led by Madison Ferguson’s 14 points, tried to rally late and trimmed a 13-point deficit down to the final margin.
The Rebels (2-3) travel to North Lincoln on Tuesday.