By RYAN HERMAN
PUMPKIN CENTER –– Erin Huff scored 13 points and West Lincoln used a big second half to put away North Lincoln 42-27 in girls basketball on Tuesday night.
Madison Ferguson added seven points and eight rebounds and Amanda Ritch had six points and 10 boards as the Rebels held the Knights to eight points in the last 16 minutes.
North Lincoln (0-7) led early and trailed West Lincoln by four at the break, but it found buckets hard to come by in the second half.
The Rebels (3-3) owned the glass, outrebounding the Knights 45-33. They also had 21 offensive rebounds which led to eight second-chance points.
West Lincoln scored 16 points off 24 North Lincoln turnovers, including nine in a first quarter that saw it lead 11-10.
Cailee Franklin had 10 points and five rebounds for the Knights, and Rachel Nuhfer added nine.
The Rebels had 13 assists on 18 made field goals, five by Heather Truesdale.
The teams exchanged leads four times and were tied once in the first period.
NORTH LINCOLN 88
WEST LINCOLN 58
A night after practically being shut out inside, North Lincoln’s boys scored all but six of their points within 15 feet of the basket against the Rebels.
Landon Yarbrough scored 35 points, all before the end of the third quarter, and Chase Stehling had 20 points and 10 rebounds. The two Knights post players combined for six points on Monday –– all by Yarbrough –– in a 64-40 loss at Lincolnton.
North Lincoln (5-2) hit two 3s, one by Reid Anderson in the first quarter and the last on a buzzer-beating heave by Justin Cashion as time expired.
Dylan Frady’s 19 points paced the Rebels (0-6), who also got 12 points from Samuel Redding and 10 from Todric Anderson.
North Lincoln opens North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference play on Friday when it hosts South Iredell. West Lincoln is at Cherryville on Friday.