Blue Devils earn sweep, await Cavaliers

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.

“We just stepped up,” said Maiden coach Doug Miller. “Our intensity just got a whole lot better. We didn’t give them second chances. We cut those out. I was proud of them. Hopefully, we can carry that defensive effort to tomorrow.”

Blue Devils post player Jalen Gibbs scored 15 points, the only competitor in Monday’s game to reach double figures.

With the completion of Monday night’s game, Maiden closed out its non-conference schedule.

The Blue Devils return to Catawba Valley 2A action today against East Burke.

“This win gets us back to .500 overall, so that’s a milestone for us,” Miller said. “We did some good things tonight, and did some things not so well. Hopefully, we’ll build on the good things and get the bad things out of our system. We’ve got East Burke on Tuesday night. They are a good basketball team. We’re going to have to play well.”

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.

“We really have a habit of playing sluggish,” she said. “We came out and played hard against Bandys, probably the best we’ve played in a long time. Then, we came out tonight and were real sluggish. We played like it was a Monday. I don’t feel like that was our best effort by any stretch of the imagination.”

Sabrien Gaither led Maiden (6-7) with 16 points, while Christina Helms and Rachel Good added nine points apiece.

“We have East Burke on Tuesday,” Chapman said. “We’re going to have to play a lot better than this. We can’t make so many mistakes we made tonight.”