The East Lincoln Mustangs have now won nine straight basketball games over the Lincolnton Wolves dating back to the 2018-2019 season. Their 72-70 overtime victory at Lincolnton Tuesday night was the latest--and most difficult.
LIncolnton started the season losing its first six games, but going into Tuesday's game, the Wolves had won six of their last eight. When the two county rivals met at Denver on December 3rd, it was close in the first half as LHS held the Mustangs to just ten first quarter points and trailed 23-22 at the half. Then East went on a tear--holding the LHS team to just eight points while scoring 29 for a 52-30 lead en route to a 56-37 win in the third game of the season for both--giving them a 3-0 start and leaving the Wolves o-3.
Tuesday night's game was close all the way. The biggest lead by either team was four points. Lincolnton led
by a single point after one quarter; the Mustangs by one at the half and LHS by two at the end of the third. East tied the game in the fourth. Then Keandre Walker made a layup off an assist from Jeremiah Jones as time expired to give the Mustangs a 6-4 OT advantate and a 72-70 OT win. Jones had made two free throws at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.
East Lincoln had three players in double figures led by senior Drew Bean, who scored his team's first six points and had a game high 25 points; followed by Jones, who had 15 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds; and Walker, who ended up with 14 points.
Lincolnton also had three players in double figures: seniors Brittain Burney, who had 18 points, and Jacob McGill, who had 16. Junior Will Blackburn also had 16.
Others scoring for East Lincoln were Landon Glezen had 8; Markell Clark and Palmer Crichton 4 each; and Mason Simmons 2.
For Lincolnton, Eian Stancil and Dj Danner each had 6, Deondre Smith and Khamani Heath both had 4.
The Mustangs, now 13-2, will host the North Iredell Red Raiders Friday night (Jan. 14th). First place in the Western Foothills 3A will be on the line--the Mustangs are now 5-0 in the league while North Iredell & Hickory are both 4-1.
The Wolves will play Maiden Friday night. The Blue Devils have a Thursday night game with Bunker Hlll that was postponed from Monday.
East won the girls varsity game 55-33. After ending the first period tied at 6, the Mustangs scored 15 in the second quarter to the LHS girls' 3; then outscored the home team 17-9 in the third period and 17-15 in the fourth.
For East, Ginny Overbay had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 assists. Hailey McFadden recorded a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Madison Self and Kelsey Campo each had 7 points, Diamond Ross had 6, Abbie Hege 3, Karly Patterson and Madison Bissinger 2 apiece.
For LHS, Alexis Hough had 13, Camellia Holland and
Mackenzie Sand-Odum 6 each, Emma Rhyne 5, Caroline Carpenter 2 and Sarah Rhyne 1.
East (12-2, 4-0) will play North Iredell Friday (1/14/22) while the LHS girls (3-9, 0-3) will play Maiden.