East Lincoln's stingy defense held Maiden to just four points in the first period and forged a 35-17 halftime lead en route to a 78-40 victory Friday night.
East had four players in double figures: sophomore Evan Montanari, who had 16, seniors Justin Kuthan with 13 points and Myles Adams with 12, and sophomore Jeremiah Jones with 10.
The Blue Devils were led by sophomore Anthony Breland who had 14 points.
The Mustangs will be on the road at West Lincoln Tuesday, then finish the regular season at home against Newton-Conover on Valentine's night. Maiden will play at Newton-Conover Tuesday, then play at home against Lincolnton next Friday.
The win gives the Mustangs an 18-4 season record, 10-2 in the South Fork Conference...still a game back of Lake Norman Charter, whom they beat easily in their most recent meeting after losing to the Knights in December.
Lincolnton came close to knocking off Lake Norman Charter Friday night. After trailing 46-38 going into the final period, the Wolves actually led by a single point on a couple of occasions in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 61-all before the Knights hit a free throw for the win 62-61. Since their 69-37 loss to the Mustangs two weeks ago, Lake Norman Charter has won three close games--69-62 over North Lincoln, 46-43 over Newton-Conover, and then the one-point win over LHS. They play at Bandys on Tuesday. Three weeks ago, the eked out a 52-50 win over the Trojans. LNC is now 16-5 overall and 11-1 in the league.
Lincolnton falls to 5-7 in league play, 9-12 overall. The Wolves host North Lincoln Tuesday, then play at Maiden on Friday. Lake Norman Charter, after the game at Bandys Tuesday, will host West Lincoln on Friday.
North Lincoln beat Newton-Conover 57-48 Friday. They're now 13-7 overall, 8-4 in the conference which gives them 3rd place in the league. The Knights play at Lincolnton Tuesday, then host Bandys on Friday.
The Lincoln Charter Eagles got their 20th win of the season, 10th in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference, with an easy 86-65 win over Christ the King Friday. The Eagles outscored their opponents in every quarter. They play at Cherryville Tuesday night, then finish the regular season at home against Piedmont Community Charter next Friday in their Senior Night game.
The Maiden girls had four players in double figures as they beat East Lincoln 60-45 Friday night. Cree Bass led the team with 13 points, Maggie Sigmon had 12, Maggie Andrews 11 and Gracie Arrowood 10. East was led by Brianna Tadlock with 14 and Katie Cox with 11. Cox also had 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal in the losing effort. The Blue Devils pushed ahead 32-19 at halftime and notched their eighth conference win, putting them in third place in the league.
The East girls will play at West Lincoln Tuesday, then at home against the league-leading Newton-Conover girls next Friday. Maiden will play at Newton-Conover Tuesday, then host Lincolnton on Friday.
The Red Devils girls won their 19th game of the season 86-46 over North Lincoln, forging a 15-point halftime advantage and then outscoring North in the final two periods while holding North to just four points in the fourth quarter. They are now 12-0 in the conference and assured of a first place finish regardless of what happens in the two games next week: at home against Maiden on Tuesday and at East Lincoln Friday. North Lincoln plays at Lincolnton Tuesday and at home against Bandys on Friday.
The Bandys girls held West Lincoln scoreless in the second period for a 24-7 halftime advantage and won 49-26 Friday, their 8th conference win of the year. They will host Lake Norman Charter Tuesday, then play at North Lincoln Friday. The West Lincoln girls will host East Lincoln Tuesday, then play at Lake Norman Charter Friday.
The Lincolnton girls were tied with Lake Norman Charter at 10-all at the end of the first quarter Friday, but they didn't score in the second period while giving up 7 points and the Knights claimed a 48-32 victory. LHS hosts North on Tuesday, then plays at Maiden Friday.
The Lincoln Charter girls got their 10th league win of the season 49-43 over Christ the King Friday. The Eagles led by 10 at the half and by as many as 15 points before settling for a six-point victory. They're now 10-0 in the Southern Piedmont Conference and guaranteed a first place finish no matter the outcome of their two games next week: at Cherryville on Tuesday and their Senior Night game Friday in Denver against Piedmont Charter.
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