Lincoln, Mebane girls and boys ‘ball’ it out
Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 9:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 9:02 p.m.
The girls basketball team from Mebane Middle School in Alachua trounced Lincoln Middle School while the Lincoln boys did the same to the Mebane boys in games played Monday at Lincoln.
The girls played first, and the Mustangs (2-1) jumped out to a 30-0 lead over the very young and inexperienced Terriers (0-3) before winning the game by a score of 42-4. The Mustangs used a suffocating full court press that made it difficult for the Terriers to inbound the ball. They stole the ball numerous times on their side of the court, which led to easy baskets. The Mustangs were led by Dymerria Clayton's 17 points,
Lincoln point guard Elizabeth Lima hit a jumper with 2:35 left in the second quarter to score the Terrier's first points of the game to make the score 30-2. Shareese Christian scored the only other basket for the Terriers when she made the score 32-4.
Mebane coach Leroy Williams said his team was more experienced than the Terriers. He is hoping his team can put together a good season with the number of eighth graders he has on his roster. He said his team has also defeated the Westwood Whirlwinds, the defending champions, but lost to Howard Bishop.
"It looks like Howard Bishop is the team to beat, but you still got Westwood, and we haven't seen Fort Clarke play yet," said Williams, adding that any team can beat another on any given day.
"We can go all the way, but there are certain teams we are going to have to beat," Williams said.
The boys game started out a little bit more competitive than the girls, before the Terriers pulled away for a convincing 48-13 win. Lincoln was much taller and more athletic than Mebane, and Denzel Gibson scored the first points of the game on a strong drive to the basket to put the Terriers ahead 2-0.
Lincoln then stole the ball from Mebane and Thomas Lundy was fouled trying to score for the Terriers. He missed both free throws. The Mustangs went down the court and Devondre Brown scored down low to tie the score at 2.
The Terriers (2-1) then went on a 12-2 run that included a variety of baskets by Thomas. He hit a three-pointer to make the score 5-2 before making a layup to make the score 7-2. He then sank another three-pointer to make the score 10-2 and followed that with a layup after a steal by Lincoln to make the score 12-2. Xavier Robinson scored for Mebane to make the score 12-4 before Octavious Simmons sank two free throws for Lincoln to make the score 14-4 as the first period ended.
The Terriers opened the second period with two quick baskets as Denzel scored again going strong to the basket. Octavious then passed to Romario Brown on a fast break for an easy layup to extend the Terriers' lead to 18-4.
The first half ended with Lincoln ahead 26-9. Lincoln came out in the second half and outscored Mebane 22-8 for the final margin of victory.
The Lincoln boys' coach, Leroy Williams, also shares the same name as the Mebane girls coach.
Williams said his team came out ready to play. He said the defending champions look forward to defending their title the rest of the season. He said their only loss this year came to their main rival, the Howard Bishop Hawks.
"We played them (Howard Bishop) close in the first half, but they ran away with it in the second half," said Williams, adding that he feels his team can play with the Hawks. The Terriers have won more middle school boys basketball championships than any other school since middle school sports began more six years ago.
Both teams have other regular season games left.
The championship games will be played at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Gainesville High School, 1900 NW 13th St., with the girls playing first, followed by the boys.
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