West Lincoln’s boys basketball team is winless in league play no more.
Dylan Frady scored 19 points and the Rebels downed visiting Maiden, 44-35, on Friday to win their first Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference of the year, and first league game in nearly three years.
The Blue Devils (5-15, 2-9) led 24-16 late in the third quarter, but West Lincoln (2-19, 1-11) closed things out on a 28-11 run. Frady hit four 3-pointers in the second half, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and he and Luke Webb combined to hit 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to give West Lincoln its first conference victory since knocking off Bessemer City 65-53 on Feb. 8, 2011, according to records on Maxpreps.com.
Senior Zach Carpenter had seven points and 14 rebounds for West Lincoln on his senior night.
WEST CALDWELL 61, EAST LINCOLN 49: At West Caldwell, the Warriors outscored the Mustangs 15-5 in the final five minutes to break the tie for second place in the SD-7 between the two teams.
West Caldwell (14-6, 10-2) led 46-44 with 5:07 to play. East Lincoln (18-3, 9-3) is now in third with two regular season games left for each team this week.
Chazz Surratt had a game-high 22 points for the Mustangs while Sage Surratt added 10. Mekhi Dula led West Caldwell with 16 points.
NEWTON-CONOVER 74, LINCOLNTON 52: At Newton-Conover, the Red Devils maintained their one-game lead over the rest of the SD-7 with the win.
Will Saine led Lincolnton (7-13, 4-8) with 14 points and Colby Pridmore scored 11. The Wolves were outscored 30-15 in the first half.
Tyoun Shuford led Newton-Conover (16-4, 10-1) with 24 points.
LAKE NORMAN 84, NORTH LINCOLN 26: At Lake Norman, the Wildcats clinched the North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference regular season title with the win.
Zach McGinnis scored a team-high 14 points for the Knights (6-16, 1-11), who set a season-low for points scored.
WEST CALDWELL 55, EAST LINCOLN 25: At West Caldwell, the Warriors were too much for the Mustangs in a SD-7 contest.
Lydia Smith and Alyssa Fuller led East Lincoln (3-18, 1-11) with eight points each.
WEST LINCOLN 68, MAIDEN 53: At West Lincoln, its junior varsity boys team set a school record for JV wins by beating the Blue Devils.
Garrett Starkey scored 19 points and Matthew Bumgarner scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five assists. Joe Hood-Lee also had seven points and 13 rebounds as the Rebels improved to 12-6 overall and 7-4 in league play.