The East Lincoln girls are now 17-0! They won their 17th game of the season without a loss against North Lincoln Tuesday night.
They are now one of only six unbeaten girls teams in the state, currently ranked #13 overall and #2 among 3A west region teams.
Ginny Overbay led Tuesday's win with 15 points, 5 steals, and 3 assists; Kiara Anderson scored 14, had 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals; Hailry McFadden had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and blocke 3 shots; Emma Montanari had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 stels and 3 assists. Madison Self scored 5 points, Abbie Hege & Madison Bissinger 3 each, and Taniyah Thomas had 2.
Julia Frantz was tops for North with 12 points, Hailey Hagler had 2, and Taylor Lusk and Clara Grace Dellinger one each.
The East girls had been expected to win Tuesday night's game, and they didn't disappoint their fans, rushing to a 25-4 first quarter lead and outscoring the North girls in every period.
The boys game was expected to be close--and it was. East entered the game with a 14-2 record, 5-1 in the Western Foothills Conference. While the Knights were 11-4 overall, they, too, had a 5-1 league mark. Tuesday night, the Knights beat the Mustangs 68-61 to take over sole possession of second place in the conference at 6-1, right behind 7-0 Hickory. The Red Tornadoes, by the way, won their Tuesday game 84-45 over Statesville; they are now 16-1 overall.
Tuesday's game was close all the way. North led 21-18 at the end of the first period; but East was ahead 35-34 at halftime. Nobody led by more than 5 pointsin the first half; and the biggest lead either team held all night was an 8-point advantage by the Knights in the fourth quarter. Ty Sanders with 24, Kellan Karr with 16, and Connor Carson with 11 were n double figures for the Knights. For East, Keandre Walker had 19, Jackson Fannon 14, and Houston Hartsell 10.
The last lead for the Mustangs as 54-53 in the final period, but North took the lead 56-54 on a three-pointer. East tied it again at 56-all, but then the Knights surged to a 64-58 advantage and Eaast could come no closer.
Others scoring for North were Reed King with 8, Ben Cipriano with 4, Carter Black 3 and Iverson Snell 2. For East, Palmer Crichton had 7, Tyler Mizzell 5, Mason Simmons 3 and Davis Hill 2.
East will visit Hickory Friday night while the Knights will play at Statesville. The two switch opponents next Tuesday when North hosts Hickory and East is at home with Statesville.
While the Knights and Mustangs were the show down east, the West Lincoln Rebels were winning both girls and boys games over the Lincolnton out west.
The West girls and LHS played a close one--Lincolnton leading 26-23 at the half and West 36-32 after three periods.
Zoey Owenby had 15 points, Chloe Norman 14, and Carolina Robinson 11 in the win, which gave West an 11-5 overall record, 5-2 in the Catawba Valley Conference. That's good enough for third place in the standings; East Burke is 7-0 and Newton-Conover 6-1. With the loss, Lincolnton drops to 2-5 in the league, 3-12 overall. Mackenzie Sand-Odum had 17 for the Wolves; Camellia Holland had 10.
Others scoring for West were Anna Bieberich with 4 and Calla Varner wih one. For LHS, Sarah Rhyne had 7; Kayden Ray, Tanlee Eley, and Akira Connor had 3 each.
The boys game was also a nail-biter. LHS led 20-19 at the half 26-23, but West was ahead 29-28 going into the final period. Lincolton's last lead was 37-36, but the Rebels tied it and the Wolves could get no closer than a two-point deficit down the stretch.
Jordan Truesdale led West with 10 points, Bryce Beddingfield had 11 and Lucas Howell 10. Evan Hartsoe scored two.
For LHS, Will Blackburn had 10, Andrew Phelps 9, Cross Arias 8, Eian Stancil 7, Chance Jefferies and Tyler McClain 2 apiece, and Anthony Odum one.
West will host Bandys on Friday and visit Maiden on Tuesday (Jan. 24th) while the Wolves have home games Friday with Bunker Hill and Tuesday against Newton-Conover.
While Maiden's boys won their game over Newton-Conover Tuesday night 51-49, they didn't gain any ground on West Caldwell. The Warriors beat East Burke 77-36 to improve to 7-0 in the conference, 14-2 overall. East Burke won the girls game 65-25; they, too, are 7-0 in the league, 13-1 overall. Newton-Conover won the girls game 59-37.
The Bandys girls beat Bunker Hill 54-43. The Bears won the boys game 74-64 over the Trojans.
Lincoln Charter's wins over Community School of Davidson Tuesday night kept the Eagles boys and girls atop the Catawba Shores Conference standings. The LCS girls are now 3-0 in the league, whle CSD drops to 3-1. The boys are 5-0 in the conference, 12-11 overall--but their losses include some to nationally ranked teams. CSD drops to 4-1, tied with Pine Lake Prep for second in the boys standings.
The girls trailed 29-26 going into the final period, but outscored their opponents 11-2 in the final stanza for a 37-31 win.
The boys were tied with the Spartans going into the fourth quarter, but pulled out a 54-50 win. Elijah Burnett had 13 points, Kelan Flowers 12, and Cairo Morales 10 for the Eagles.
On Wednesday, the Lincoln Charter teams both won home games over Bradford Prep. The LCS girls scored 33 first quarter points (more than their opponents for the entire game) while holding Bradford Prep scoreless. That 33-0 first quarter advantage became 43-2 at halftime, and LCS won 65-20 for their 4th conference win without a loss; they are 14-4 overall.
The boys doubled the score on the Bears in the first half (38-19) and cruised to their sixth conference win 80-54. Kelan Flowers led the Eagles with 21 points;
Kasey Hudson scored 14; and Cairo Morales & Joe Bruce each had 10.
Lincoln Charter will host Pine Lake Prep on Friday.
East Gaston beat the Cherryville girls 53-37 Tuesday. We didn't get any report on the boys game. The Cherryville teams host Pinnacle Academy Wednesday night and Thomas Jefferson on Friday.