The East Lincoln Mustangs overcame a six-point deficit going into the final stanza but ended up losing by a single point to the Newton-Conover Red Devils. East trailed by 8 points at the end of the first period, but took a three-point halftime lead. The Red Devils held them to just seven points in the third quarter to take the lead 48-42. East scored 27 points in the final period, but N-C scored 22 and that was enough for the one-point win, 70-69. Justin Kuthan had 19 points and 21 rebounds in the loss; Myles Adams had 17 points and 3 steals. Evan Montanari had 5 assists and two steals; Jeremiah Jones had 7 assists. The Mustangs missed six of their 22 free throws. The loss by East creates a three-team tie for second place in the South Fork Conference. East Lincoln, North Lincoln & Newton-Conover are now all 5-2 in the league. Lake Norman Charter is in first place with a 7-0 conference record. East plays at LNC on Friday; Newton-Conover will be at Lincolnton.
Lake Norman Charter beat West Lincoln Tuesday night 69-27.
North Lincoln beat Bandys 63-54. Trailing the Trojans 27-24 at the half, North outscored the home team 21-9 in the third period and matched them in the fourth for the win. The Carters led scoring for the Knights. Daniel had 17 points and Jack 11. Matt Regan added 10. 13 steals were an important part of the game. Another big factor was fouls. 19 Trojans fouls led to 15 North Lincoln points on 20 free throw attempts, while Bandys hit on 7 of 8 free throw tries. Quenten Maddox and Parker Styborski each had 10 points for the Trojans; Spencer Ledford had nine.They play at West Lincoln Friday.
Lincolnton beat Maiden 64-48 to improve to 3-4 in the league, 7-9 overall. The Wolves host Newton-Conover Friday while the Blue Devils have an exhibitiion game Wednesday evening against University Christian from Hickory. They play at Bandys on Friday.
Cherryville won over Thomas Jefferson Academy in a back-and-forth game that went down to the wire. The Ironmen led by five points early in the final period, but they were down five with three minutes to go. Lane Harrill hit a three-pointer and Lavonte Hughes made two free throws to tie the score. Then Harrill mde two free throws with six seconds left to secure a 64-61 win. Harrill finished swith 29 points and had 13 rebounds. Hughes had 16 points and 8 assists. Dylan Harden with 7, Jack Mulvey with 5, Austin Thompson with 4, and Jeremy Varela with 3 rounded out the Cherryville scoring. For Thomas Jefferson, Isaih Hicks had 19, AJ Camper had 17, Adonis King 13, and Akeenon Feack 10.
The win pulls the Ironmen into a tie in the Southern Piedmont Conference with Thomas Jefferson and Bessemer City for third place in the league--all three have 3-3 conference records. The Ironmen, now 12-5 overall, play at second place Christ the King in Huntersville Friday night.
The Lincoln Charter Eagles remained unbeaten in the conference with an 80-63 win over Piedmont Charter. They play Bessemer City Friday evening.
Newton-Conover's win in the boys game made it a clean sweep evening for the Red Devils. In the girls game, the Red Devils, tops in the South Fork with a 7-0 record, improved their overall record to 14-2 with an easy win over the Mustangs. Newton-Conover forged a 10-point halftime edge, then poured it on in the third period to lead 67-30 going into the fourth. Chyna Cornwell, who has scored 30 points or more on several occasions this season, led her team with 29. Grace Loftin added 17. For East Lincoln, Brianna Tadlock had 19. East will play at Lake Norman Charter on Friday while N-C will be at Lincolnton. The loss drops East into a tie with Bandys for second place in the conference. Both now have 5-2 league marks.
The Bandys girls downed North Lincoln 55-33 Tuesday night. The Trojans led 28-16 at the half and 42-26 going into the final period. North plays at West Lincoln Friday; Bandys will host Maiden.
The Lincolnton girls beat Maiden Tuesday night 44-42, coming from two points down in the final period to take the win, only their second of the season. Lincolnton will host Newton-Conover on Friday. Maiden has an exhibitiion game with University Christian on Wednesday before playing at Bandys on Friday.
Like the Lincoln Charter boys, the girls are also still unbeaten in Southern Piedmont Conference play. They improved to 6-0 (12-5 overall) with a 55-28 win over Piedmont Charter Tuesday. They play Bessemer City on Friday.
The Cherryville girls lost to Thomas Jefferson 53-24 Tuesday evening. They'll play at Christ the King on Friday.
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