Some views just won’t change.
Mooresville High School’s girls basketball team continues to look up and — as it turned out — just across town to catch a glimpse of the best its I-Meck Conference currently has to offer.
In their first appearance of the 202 segment of the season’s split-year schedule, the Blue Devils found out first-hand just what its looks like to be on top of several basketball-related fronts after falling by a 55-34 count to Lake Norman.
Mooresville endured what amounted to its second loss so far this season in what was also the first of at least two more meetings with its closest fellow I-Meck Conference counterpart. The Devils remain in search of its season’s first favorable outcome opposite a conference opponent.
With the defeat dropped in the first of two games on tap to fill the first full week of 2020 play, Mooresville slipped to the 5-9 mark for the season overall that also includes an 0-4 slate in the I-Meck ranks.
The loss was dealt by an undefeated Lake Norman entry that remained situated not only atop the I-Meck standings but also sitting in the No. 1 position in the N.C. MaxPreps.com 4A class girls poll.
With the win, a Wildcats squad that used the rivalry renewal to improve to the 11-0 mark overall that served to preserve its 4-0 standard in the conference-counting category that also carries the most clout in regards to an automatic statewide postseason positioning.
Mooresville was unable to make amends for the dropping an earlier-season decision to Lake Norman that took place during the winner’s bracket semifinal round phase of play in late last year’s annual Iredell County Sports Hall of Fame Holiday Classic.
Lake Norman managed to keep its closest league rival in check from start to finish despite being without the services of leading scorer in the form of senior guard Lauren Sullivan. Sullivan injured a knee in the team’s opening appearance of 2020, and the full extent of the injury has yet to be determined.
In her absence, the Wildcats gathered in a team-high 17 points from freshman guard Kirsten Lewis-Williams that served to lead a pair of winners in the twin-figure department. Senior post presence Ashley Kennedy knocked in another 14 points for the guests.
No additional individual information was available on the part of Mooresville.
MHS headed back into action on tap to stay in place at home against league rival Hopewell High, in a game in which results were posted too late to be included in this edition.
Lake Norman was on track to follow up a non-league visit to West Rowan by also resuming I-Meck play upon a return home against Vance.