Friday, Feb. 8
North Lincoln at Newton-Conover (Girls)
Time: 6 p.m.
Breakdown: The top two teams in the South Fork 2A conference will meet when North Lincoln travels to Newton-Conover to battle the Lady Red Devils. Newton-Conover boasts an undefeated record in conference play, having already locked up the regular season championship with a four-game lead over North Lincoln and just three conference games remaining. The Lady Knights will seek revenge for a 60-34 drubbing at the hands of Newton-Conover Jan. 11. The Lady Red Devils broke open an 11-point halftime lead by holding North Lincoln to just 12 points in the second half of that contest.
Thomas Jefferson at Lincoln Charter (Girls)
Time: 6 p.m.
Breakdown: The Lincoln Charter Lady Eagles will look to remain undefeated in the Southern Piedmont 1A conference against the Lady Gryphons of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. After struggling through a murderous non conference schedule, the Lady Eagles have won seven consecutive games, including a 71-27 route against Thomas Jefferson Jan. 25. Lincoln Charter had three players score in double figures in that contest, led by freshman Lauren Horton, who tallied a game-high 22 points. Junior Natalie Hamlen posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while junior Felicity Fields chipped in with 12 points and 7 assists.
East Lincoln at Maiden (Boys)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Breakdown: The East Lincoln Mustangs will attempt to secure the South Fork 2A regular season championship by completing the season sweep of the second-place Maiden Blue Devils. East Lincoln, which owns a perfect 11-0 record in conference play, defeated the Blue Devils convincingly, 77-52, in Denver Jan. 11. The Mustangs opened that game with a 22-6 onslaught in the opening quarter, cruising to a 25-point victory. East Lincoln won that game with an inside-outside attack led by Justin Kuthan in the paint and John Bean behind the 3-point arc. Kuthan was dominant in posting a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Bean drilled six 3-pointers en route to matching Kuthan with a team-high 24 points.