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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.
âWe just stepped up,â said Maiden coach Doug Miller. âOur intensity just got a whole lot better. We didnât give them second chances. We cut those out. I was proud of them. Hopefully, we can carry that defensive effort to tomorrow.â
Blue Devils post player Jalen Gibbs scored 15 points, the only competitor in Mondayâs game to reach double figures.
With the completion of Monday nightâs game, Maiden closed out its non-conference schedule.
The Blue Devils return to Catawba Valley 2A action today against East Burke.
âThis win gets us back to .500 overall, so thatâs a milestone for us,â Miller said. âWe did some good things tonight, and did some things not so well. Hopefully, weâll build on the good things and get the bad things out of our system. Weâve got East Burke on Tuesday night. They are a good basketball team. Weâre going to have to play well.â
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.
âWe really have a habit of playing sluggish,â she said. âWe came out and played hard against Bandys, probably the best weâve played in a long time. Then, we came out tonight and were real sluggish. We played like it was a Monday. I donât feel like that was our best effort by any stretch of the imagination.â
Sabrien Gaither led Maiden (6-7) with 16 points, while Christina Helms and Rachel Good added nine points apiece.
âWe have East Burke on Tuesday,â Chapman said. âWeâre going to have to play a lot better than this. We canât make so many mistakes we made tonight.âView more articles in: