Chyna Cornwell averages over 25 points per game. Wednesday evening at Maiden High School, she scored 40 points as the Newton-Conover girls beat the East Lincoln girls 76-35. The Red Devils scored 23 points in each of the first two periods and held the Mustangs to just five points in the second quarter and only four in the fourth. Grace Loftin kicked in 23 points in the win. For East, Taliyah Thomas was the only player in double figures with 11. The win puts the Newton-Conover girls in the championship game set for Friday evening at 7 at CVCC. They'll play Maiden. The Blue Devils downed Bandys 44-38 Wednesday evening at CVCC in the other semi-final game. Trailing 35-19 after three periods, the Trojans closed the gap but it was too little, too late as Maiden held on for the win.
The East Lincoln Mustangs and the North Lincoln Knights boys teams also played at Maiden High Wednesday evening. It was the ultimate close game. East led by a point at the end of the first period; North by a point at halftime; East by a point after three quarters. The regulation game ended in a 60-all tie. Then sophomore Jeremiah Jones made a driving layup with two seconds to go in overtime to give the Mustangs the win, 71-69. East had three players in double figures: Justin Kuthan, who had a double-double with 33 points and 16 rebounds; Jeremiah Jones with 15 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals; and Myles Adams with 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Knights also had three players in double figures: Cole Seagle, who scored 21 points; Jack Carter with 20; and Daniel Carter with 12. The Mustangs will play Lake Norman Charter for the South Fork 2A Tournament Championship Friday evening at 8:30 at CVCC.
With the win, the Mustangs have won 8 in a row against the Knights, and hold the career series 34-5 dating back to the 2003-2004 season. East Lincoln has now won 9 games in a row and 16 of their last 17 games. Congratulations to Coach Jon Hancock who won his 400th game of his career Wednesday night. His overall record is now 400-246 with coaching stints at Lincolnton, Forestview, East Burke, Mallard Creek, and now at East Lincoln. His 3-year record at East Lincoln is now 76-13.
Lake Norman Charter beat Lincolnton 60-53 in the other semi-final game Wednesday evening. In the game at CVCC, the two teams were tied at halftime and going into the final period, but the Knights outscored the Wolves in the fourth quarter to claim the victory.
During the regular season, Lake Norman Charter and East Lincoln split games. The Knights won their first meeting 60-55 the week before Christmas; the Mustangs took the second in late January 67-37.
In the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference , the Lincoln Charter boys and girls teams both won. For the girls, it was easy--a 60-27 romp over Thomas Jefferson. Not so for the Eagles boys team. After they and Christ the King were tied at the half, Lincoln Charter pulled ahead by a point going into the final period, but they only managed to win by three points, 78-75. Both Lincoln Charter teams are unbeated in the league this season. Both play at home in Denver Friday evening in the Conference Tournament Championship. The girls play at 6 PM against Christ the King, 40-24 winners over Piedmont Charter Wednesday night. The boys play Bessemer City at 7:30.
The seedings for the state playoffs are scheduled to be announced over the weekend. They were already delayed because of the weather forecast and may be delayed again. One other sports note: the NCHSAA Individual Wrestling Championships that had been scheduled to begin Thursday have been delayed until Friday. We'll update the info when more is available.
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