Following Tuesday night’s wins by North Lincoln, East Lincoln and Lincolnton, and the first loss of the season for the Knights at Lake Norman Charter on Wednesday, three county boys teams have found themselves at the top of the South Fork 2A Conference standings at the midseason point.
The Mustangs, one of four teams to get in all seven of their contests at the midseason point, went 6-1 during that stretch, losing only to the first-place Knights.
North Lincoln, now 4-1, does have to make up postponed games with Maiden and Lincolnton as we head into the second half of the season.
And the Wolves, also 4-1, lost only to East Lincoln by a single point a couple weeks back. Lincolnton must still make up games with Lake Norman Charter and North Lincoln that were rescheduled from their original date.
While Lincoln County seems to have a handle on things right now, don’t count out Lake Norman Charter, Maiden and Newton-Conover, who are all three talented enough to make a run at the conference’s top seed.
The Red Devils, for example, have four losses by a total of 18 points, including a pair of games that they dropped in overtime.
The girls race in the SF2A Conference doesn’t appear to be quite as competitive as the boys. Although Newton-Conover holds just a one-game lead over Lake Norman Charter, they did defeat the Lady Knights on the road by a 24-point margin. The Lady Red Devils are clearly the team to beat in the South Fork 2A Conference.
Here is a look at some of this week’s action.
South Fork 2A: Boys
East Lincoln 48, Newton-Conover 47
The Mustangs (6-1) continued to master winning the close games, edging out the Red Devils by a single point on Tuesday night. East Lincoln led by 13 at the end of the third period, before Newton-Conover (3-4) held the Mustangs to just four points in the final quarter.
Drew Bean and Evan Montanari scored 11 points each to lead the Mustangs. Zane Redmond scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Red Devils. Maverick Davis and Jackson Mullins added 10 points each for Newton-Conover.
Five of East Lincoln’s six wins have come by a total of 16 points.
The Mustangs travel to Lake Norman Charter tonight, while the Red Devils will be on the road at Lincolnton.
East Lincoln 11 19 14 4 - 48
Newton-Con. 13 7 11 16 - 47
East Lincoln: Evan Montanari 11, Drew Bean 11, Clarke 6, Glezen 5, Craig 5, Mizzell 4, Jones 3, Clark 2, Gust 1.
Newton-Conover: Zane Redmond 16, Maverick Davis 10, Jackson Mullins 10, Barber 6, Stinson 3, Spain 2, Cauthen, Sigmon.
Lincolnton 67, Maiden 50
Playing without their full roster, the Wolves got a big night from their big men. Will Blackburn scored 14 points, and fellow post players Connor Williams had 11 and Gavin Queen 10 to help Lincolnton get the SF2A win over the Blue Devils at home. Senior Amontre Finger led the Wolves with 16 points, including 9 of 12 from the free throw line.
Iziah Morgan led Maiden with 17 points.
The Wolves will host Newton-Conover tonight, while the Blue Devils play at Bandys.
Maiden 14 6 16 14 - 50
Lincolnton 14 17 15 21 - 67
Lincolnton: Amontre Finger 16, Will Blackburn 14, Connor Williams 11, Gavin Queen 10, McClain 8, Danner 8.
Maiden: Iziah Morgan 17, Dru McClough 12, Culliver 7, Lowman 6, Haynes 5, Roseman 3.
Other Boys Scores
North Lincoln 69, Bandys 34
Lake Norman Charter 59, West Lincoln 45
Newton-Conover 51, East Lincoln 41
Ginny Overbay had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot to lead the Lady Mustangs (3-3). Madison Self added 4 points,14 rebounds, 2 steals and a blocked shot. Abbie Hege had 9 points, 3 steals, 3 assists and two rebounds, and Taliyah Thomas had 4 points, 4 boards, 5 steals and two assists for East Lincoln, who will travel to Lake Norman Charter tonight. Cassidy Geddes led the Lady Red Devils (7-0) with 21.
East Lincoln 9 10 16 6 - 41
Newton-Con. 13 13 11 14 - 51
East Lincoln: Ginny Overbay 15, Hege 9, Ross 4, Self 4, Thomas 4, Delgado 3, Eatmon 2.
Newton-Conover: Cassidy Geddes 21, Grace Loftin 11, Watkins 7, Fox 6, Woods 4, Duncan 2.
Other Girls Scores
Bandys 62, North Lincoln 34
Lake Norman Charter 57, West Lincoln 46
Southern Piedmont 1A: Boys
Lincoln Charter 91, Piedmont Charter 28
The Eagles had five players in double figures, led by Troy Fulton who scored 21 points on 7 of 9 shooting from behind the arc. Sam Cogan added 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Carter Seitz had a double-double with 11 points and 13 boards. Elijah Burnette scored 11 points and Marcus Farley 10 for Lincoln Charter, who improved to 6-0 overall. The Eagles are to host Bessemer City tonight.
Lincoln Charter 55, Piedmont Charter 43
Girls: East Lincoln 61, Lincolnton 35
Raven Ross had 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals to lead the Lady Mustangs (4-3) to the South Fork 2A Conference at Lincolnton (0-7) in a makeup game.
East Lincoln 20 14 9 18 - 61
Lincolnton 11 11 3 10 - 35
East Lincoln: Raven Ross 15, Ginny Overbay 10, Thomas 7, Patterson 7, Hege 6, Campo 6, Self 4, Eatmon 2.
Lincolnton: Alexis Hough 10, Sand-Odum 9, Sanders 5, Tweed 3, Garren 4, D. Ross 2, M. Ross 2.
Boys: Lake Norman Charter 71, North Lincoln 63 (OT)
The North Lincoln boys overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to force overtime, but couldn’t pull out the road win at Lake Norman Charter. Daniel Carter had 19 points, Cole Seagle 15 and Jack Waggoner 11 to lead the Knights. The loss was North Lincoln’s first of the season.
North Lincoln 8 9 24 18 4 - 63
LN Charter 22 8 17 12 12 - 71
(Published January 29, 2021)