Friday, Jan. 11
Newton-Conover at North Lincoln
Time: 6 p.m.
Breakdown: The North Lincoln Lady Knights will attempt to rise above .500 in the South Fork 2A conference when Newton-Conover makes the trip to Pumpkin Center. The Lady Knights, which currently boast a 7-3 overall record and a 2-2 mark in conference play, will be seeking to re-enter the win column after falling 53-36 at Maiden on Jan. 8. A tough task lies ahead for North Lincoln; however, as Newton-Conover enters the contest with a 10-4 overall record and a perfect mark in conference play through four games. The Lady Red Devils are riding a nine-game winning streak, which dates back to a Dec. 14 victory over Foard.
Maiden at East Lincoln
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Breakdown: The East Lincoln Mustangs will host the Maiden Blue Devils in a matchup of the two remaining undefeated teams in South Fork 2A conference play. The game features an intriguing matchup stylistically as the Mustangs boast the league’s top offense, scoring at a clip of 82.5 points per game in conference play, while the Blue Devils enter the contest with the league’s stingiest defense, holding opponents to just 42.25 points through four conference games. Both teams enter the contest with just one loss on the season. East Lincoln dropped a double overtime heartbreaker against Mallard Creek in the East Lincoln Winter Jam semifinals, while Maiden fell 55-53 against Hickory in the finale of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic.
Highland Tech at Lincoln Charter
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Breakdown: Lincoln Charter will attempt to continue its dominance of the Southern Piedmont 1A conference against the Highland Tech Rams. The Eagles have claimed four consecutive conference titles and currently boast a 1-0 record in conference play following a 72-38 drubbing of Bessemer City on Jan. 8. The Rams are currently saddled with a three-game losing skid, falling 46-42 against Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Jan. 8 to drop to 0-1 against conference competition. Lincoln Charter dominated Highland Tech in both of last year’s contests, winning 94-51 at Highland Tech and 82-51 when the teams met in Denver a few weeks later.