Third time’s the charm — at least in the case of the ninth annual Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.
Bandys scored 29 points in the first quarter, and maintained at least a 10-point lead against North Lincoln for most of the game on its way to a third-straight girls title at the Clash.
“When I think about our tournament overall, I think it’s a team effort,” said Lady Trojans coach Beth Queen. “When you look at our box score, we’ve been very balanced as far as points, steals and assists. It’s been a very balanced attack. That’s what has made me very happy about this tournament.”
Replacing starter Jesse Story, who is out with two bulging discs, made Bandys trip to the finals an interesting one, but Queen said her team’s new-found togetherness is promising.
“With Jesse out, it gives us a little bit of different chemistry,” Queen said. “I think the team is coming together very well. They pass the ball well together. Overall, it’s been a positive experience for us.”
Leading the way for Bandys, who improves to 11-0 on the season, was Brittany Moss with 16 points and four steals, while Taylor Sigmon pitched in 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Moss and Sigmon were just two of five players, including Madi Story (12), Haleigh Lackey (11) and Chelsey Queen (10), who reached double-digits in scoring, adding to their coaches’ message of cohesion.
“We’ve been very fortunate in the very first half of the season, even when Jesse was playing, of having the opportunity to give more kids some playing time,” Queen said. “Even when Jesse was with us, we were very balanced. Every now and then, we have Madi score or get some points from Taylor, but on the whole, we’ve been very balanced with our attack. It’s an inside and outside game."
Boys championship: Lincolnton 73, Bandys 32
Jalen Littlejohn scored 21 points, lifting the Wolves to their second-straight title at the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.
Lincolnton pulled out to a 14-0 lead before the first Bandys’ points were scored by Colton Medlin at the free throw line. Littlejohn scored eight points during the early spurt.
Hunter McCall scored a team-high eight points for the Trojans (1-10).