Behind the Carter brothers, Cole Seagle and Jake Dedmon, the North Lincoln Knights maintained possession of first place in the South Fork Conference Friday night with a 60-47 win over Newton-Conover. They had to win it in the final period as the Red Devils jumped out to a 23-6 advantage in the first period while the Knights opened the evening missing shots. Newton-Conover maintained a 10-point halftime advantage and still led by nine going into the fourth, but that's when North caught fire, outscoring the visitors 25-3 in final period for their 10th win against two losses. The win kept them a game ahead of 9-3 East Lincoln in the standings.
Seagle scored 16 points; both Jack and Daniel Carter had 10; and Dedmon hit three-for-three three-point attempts for 9. North will play at Lincolnton on Tuesday (Feb.16th); then finish the regular season at home against Bandys next Friday (Feb. 19th).
East Lincoln kept pace with the Knights with a 76-50 win over Maiden. The Mustangs took advantage of ball control problems and terrible free throw shooting by the Blue Devils early in the game. They led 14-8 at the end of the first quarter, then pushed that advantage to 27-8 before Maiden scored another basket. Drew Bean led East with 18 points; Logan Craig had 14--most of them on fast breaks; Jeremiah Jones also had 12, and Markell Clark had 10 for East. Maiden was led by Brennan James with 10, Dru McClough and Jayden Roseman each had 9, and Izaiah Morgan 7 for the Blue Devils. East will play at West Lincoln Tuesday night, then host Newton-Conover next Friday.
Lincolnton lost its Friday night game to Lake Norman Charter. Playing at Cornelius, the Wolves kept it close in the first half, trailing 27-23 at halftime, but the home team outscored LHS in all four periods for the win.
After playing at home Tuesday against North, Lincolnton will travel to Maiden next Friday.
West is still winless, but this time it was close. The Rebels lost their game to Bandys 55-52. West has two home games to finish their season--East on Tuesday and Lake Norman Charter next Friday. Bandys will host Lake Norman Charter Tuesday before finishing up at North on Friday.
Because of COVID restrictions, attendance at South Fork Conference games is very limited, but 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 at https://www.sfcnetwork.tv/.
Lincoln Charter put up 56 first half points en route to their 11th win without a loss as they downed Christ the King Academy 87-65. Sam Cogan had 20 points; Marcus Farley scored 19; Elijah Burnett had a double-double with 16 points and 12 assists; and Troy Fulton had 14 points in the win.
The Eagles have a non-conference game Saturday at 5 PM against Moravian Prep, a freelance team from Hudson, NC, that is 23-7 on the year and ranked as the 7th best team in North Carolina by MaxPreps. Lincoln Charter, by the way, is currently ranked as the 27th best boys team in the state. They are ranked as the second best 1A team in the state behind Hayesville, a team from Clay County in the far southwestern corner of North Carolina.
Some of the Eagles games have been shown online by the NFHS network...not sure this one will be, but you can check at https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/lincoln-charter-high-school-denver-nc The Eagles also have a home game Tuesday (Feb. 16th) against Cherryville. They are 10-0 in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference, and with the win Friday evening have a two-games lead over Christ the King.
The Newton-Conover girls continued undefeated witth a 62-30 win over North Lincoln. The Red Devils will play at Lincolnton Tuesday and at home against Bandys next Friday.
East Lincoln's girls maintained second place in the South Fork with a win over Maiden. The East girls are now 9-3, but a distant second to the 12-0 Red Devils. The game at East was close--tied at 27 at the half, but the Mustangs outscored the visitors in both the 3rd & 4th periods for the victory. Taliyah Thomas led East with 19 points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds. Madison Self had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds; she also had two steals. Marlene Delgado had 11 points, 8 rebouns, 5 assists and a steal. The Blue Devils also had three players in double figures: Maggie Andrews scored 18, Lainie Hentschel 14 and Kennedie Noble 10. The Mustangs defense took advantage of 30 Maiden turnovers. The Blue Devils also had foul trouble; nobody fouled out, but four of their players had four fouls. East will play at West Tuesday, at home against Newton-Conover next Friday. Maiden plays at Newton-Conover Tuesday, at home against Lincolnton on Friday.
The Lincolnton girls lost to Lake Norman Charter Friday evening. They trailed by only four going into the final period, but the home team outscored them in the fourth for a 44-34 win.
The West Lincoln girls led at the half 22-19, but got outscored in both the 3rd & 4th quarters and fell to Bandys 50-38. They'll finish with home games next week against East and Lake Norman Charter.
The Lincoln Charter girls lost their Friday game to Christ the King Academy 46-37, but are still in second place in the Southern Piedmont Conference behind Bessemer City. Lauren Horton had a double-double in the loss: 15 points and 10 rebounds, but she only hit five of her 21 shots including missing on 9 of 10 three-point tries. Samantha Ayers had 8 points. The Lincoln Charter girls also have a Saturday game--at unbeaten Community School of Davidson at 3 PM. They also play at home Tuesday against Cherryville.