After leading by three at the half and by 10 after three quarters, the East Lincoln Mustangs needed a buzzer-beater three-point basket by sophomore Tyler Mizzell to claim a win in their opening game of the season 53-51 over Lake Norman Charter. The home-standing Mustangs had three players in double figures: Junior Evan Montanari scored 16. Juniors Jeremiah Jones and Drew Bean had 13 and 12 respectively. Jones added 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to his outstanding performance. Bean also had 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Junior center Logan Craig had 10 rebounds. This year's East Lincoln team is smaller: Craig at 6'3" is the tallest on the team. It's also young: no seniors. East Lincoln will play at Lincolnton on Friday (Jan. 8th).
The East Lincoln girls weren't as fortunate. Although they led at the end of the first quarter, by five points at halftime and by a single point at the end of three periods, they were outscored in the fourth and fell to Lake Norman Charter 46-39. Taliyah Thomas had 20 points, three rebounds, a steal and an assist for East Lincoln. Ginnny Overbay scored 8 points, had 16 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. Marlene Delgado scored only 3 points, but she had 5 steals, 4 assists, and took two charges. Kelsey Campo had 3 points; Betsy Eastmon and Raven Ross, two points each. Like the boys team, the EL girls are also young: Delgado is the only senior.
Lincolnton had to go to overtime to win 58-53 over Newton-Conover. The Wolves took the lead in the third quarter and led by nine points going into the fourth, but the Red Devils forged ahead by three points late in the game and it took a free throw to tie the score at 50-all and force overtime. The Wolves scored three straight baskets in the OT to take a 56-50 lead, and allowed only a three-point goal by the Red Devils en route to a final 58-53 win. The girls game was postponed due to COVID. LHS hosts East Lincoln (both girls and boys) Friday evening (Jan. 8th).
North Lincoln won a pair of games from West Lincoln. The girls game was close: a 48-45 win by the Knights. In the boys game, the home team Knights cruised to an 80-33 victory. North goes on the road to Lake Norman Charter Friday, while West Lincoln hosts Maiden.
Maiden split games with Bandys. The Trojans girls won 49-47; then the Blue Devils won their home opener easily 81-34. Maiden scored 22 in both the first two quarters to lead 44-19 at the half, outscored the Trojans 28-8 in the third period, and let the subs finish up in the easy victory. Maiden plays at West Lincoln Friday.
While--because of COVID restrictions--you can't go to the games, you can see any of them on the South Fork Network. The live-stream service was created in response to the pandemic to keep players (and fans) safe while providing a way for parents, grandparents and friends to see their teams in action. All South Fork Conference basketball games are being live-streamed and you can purchase access for $10 at https://www.sfcnetwork.tv/. The price is per device, which means that several people can watch. Click on the link here for more information.
In the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference, Carter Seitz and Sam Cogan each scored 18 points and Troy Fulton added 12 as the Lincoln Charter Eagles beat Thomas Jefferson Academy 72-44 Wednesday evening. Seitz had a double double with 12 rebounds. Elijah Burnette had five steals.
The Lincoln Charter girls turned cold in the fourth quarter and lost their game 44-43.
Lincoln Charter will play at South Iredell on Friday.