After trailing by seven at the end of the opening quarter, the Knights outscored the Mustangs 21-5 in a decisive second period to take control of the game.
North Lincoln then held off every East Lincoln rally in the county battle for the top spot in the South Fork 2A Conference Friday night in Denver.
Seniors Cole Seagle and Jack Carter led the way for the Knights. Seagle finished the night with a game-high 24 points, and Carter added 13 for first-place North Lincoln.
Jeremiah Jones, Drew Bean and Logan Craig scored 12 points each to lead the Mustangs.
The Knights now lead the SF2A by a half game over East Lincoln, and a full game over Lincolnton. They’ll begin a very busy week at Maiden on Tuesday, before hosting the Wolves on Wednesday in a makeup game. North Lincoln will close out the week on Friday at home against Newton-Conover.
East Lincoln did play Friday’s game without starting guard Evan Montanari. The junior sat out the game due to an injury, and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Montanari was the Mustangs leading scorer, averaging 17 points per game.
East Lincoln will play at Bandys on Tuesday, and close out the week with Maiden at home on Friday.
Six teams in the South Fork 2A Conference are still in the running for the league’s two playoff spots.
North Lincoln 7 21 17 12 - 57
East Lincoln 14 5 14 15 - 48
North Lincoln (7-2): Cole Seagle 24, Jack Carter 13, Waggoner 4, D. Carter 4, Collins 4, Carson 3, Dedmon 2, Whitley 2, Terrill 1.
East Lincoln (7-3): Jeremiah Jones 12, Drew Bean 12, Logan Craig 12, Clark 4, Mizzell 3, Gust 3, Clarke 2, Glezen, Hawk, Robb.
Lincolnton 54, Bandys 39
Amontre Finger and Reed King scored 11 points apiece to lead the Wolves to the South Fork 2A win at Bandys. Lincolnton will play host to West Lincoln on Tuesday, before traveling to North Lincoln on Wednesday for a makeup game.
Lincolnton 12 15 15 12 - 54
Bandys 11 7 7 14 - 39
Lincoln Charter 89, Highland Tech 36
Six different Eagles scored in double figures in Friday’s win over the Rams. Sam Cogan led the way with 17 points, and Troy Fulton added 14. Marcus Farley, Carter Seitz, Andrew Baich and Avery Borden each scored 10 points for Lincoln Charter, who is now a perfect 10-0 on the season. The Eagles will play at Christ the King on Friday.
Lincoln Charter 24 26 27 12 - 89
Highland Tech 15 10 7 4 - 36
Other Boys Scores
Newton-Conover 68, West Lincoln 49
Lake Norman Charter 76, Maiden 60
East Lincoln 51, North Lincoln 27
Ginny Overbay had 15 points, 11 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 assists to lead the Lady Mustangs over rival North Lincoln Friday night in Denver. Taliyah Thomas added 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists for East Lincoln.
After starting the season 1-2, the Lady Mustangs have won 6 of their last seven games, putting the team in position for one of the conference’s two playoff berths. East Lincoln will play at Bandys on Tuesday, and host Maiden on Friday. North Lincoln will travel to Maiden on Tuesday, then host first-place Newton-Conover on Friday.
North Lincoln 4 6 10 7 - 27
East Lincoln 12 14 13 11 - 51
North Lincoln: Ashlyn White 18, Klein 4, Read 2, Cada 2, Stump 1.
East Lincoln: Ginny Overbay 15, Taliyah Thomas 13, Ross 8, Self 6, Delgado 4, Eatmon 3, Hege 2.
Other Girls Scores
Newton-Conover 64, West Lincoln 46
Bandys 61, Lincolnton 30
Maiden 59, Lake Norman Charter 44
Lincoln Charter 49, Highland Tech 29
(Published February 8, 2021)