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Trailing 22-19 at the half, the Maiden boys basketball team found its second half wind.
The Blue Devils (6-6) outscored the Eagles (2-8) 30-8 in the second half, including 23-6 in the fourth quarter, rising to the non-conference victory.
â€śWe just stepped up,â€ť said Maiden coach Doug Miller. â€śOur intensity just got a whole lot better. We didnâ€™t give them second chances. We cut those out. I was proud of them. Hopefully, we can carry that defensive effort to tomorrow.â€ť
Blue Devils post player Jalen Gibbs scored 15 points, the only competitor in Mondayâ€™s game to reach double figures.
With the completion of Monday nightâ€™s game, Maiden closed out its non-conference schedule.
The Blue Devils return to Catawba Valley 2A action today against East Burke.
â€śThis win gets us back to .500 overall, so thatâ€™s a milestone for us,â€ť Miller said. â€śWe did some good things tonight, and did some things not so well. Hopefully, weâ€™ll build on the good things and get the bad things out of our system. Weâ€™ve got East Burke on Tuesday night. They are a good basketball team. Weâ€™re going to have to play well.â€ť
Maiden 53, Lincoln Charter 40
Tied early in its game against the Lady Eagles, Maiden pulled away in the second quarter, carried second half momentum and seized a victory.
Coach Katie Chapman said her team needs to be able to overcome some of its tendencies.
â€śWe really have a habit of playing sluggish,â€ť she said. â€śWe came out and played hard against Bandys, probably the best weâ€™ve played in a long time. Then, we came out tonight and were real sluggish. We played like it was a Monday. I donâ€™t feel like that was our best effort by any stretch of the imagination.â€ť
Sabrien Gaither led Maiden (6-7) with 16 points, while Christina Helms and Rachel Good added nine points apiece.
â€śWe have East Burke on Tuesday,â€ť Chapman said. â€śWeâ€™re going to have to play a lot better than this. We canâ€™t make so many mistakes we made tonight.â€ťView more articles in: