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Lake Norman boys basketball used stifling zone defense to open its season with a win over South Iredell, 68-37.

Lake Norman spread the court and passed effectively to advance the ball, minimize turnovers, and find open shooters. Wildcat guard Cam Kepley scored both from the outside and attacking the basket, leading the Wildcats with 23 points including four made 3’s.

In its zone defense and half-court traps, Lake Norman maintained a strong presence in the paint and forced the Vikings to settle for contested outside shots in the first half. The Wildcats further increased their defensive aggressiveness to start the second half, slowing South Iredell’s pace and preventing the Vikings’ chances to erase its deficit. Lake Norman outscored South Iredell 18-5 in the third quarter to put the game away.

Lake Norman’s stellar parameter defense started with point guard Clay Hodges, who forced several turnovers leading to fast-break baskets. One of his steals late in the second quarter led to a layup by Jack Edmonson capping a 9-0 run to finish the first half and give the Wildcats a 30-14 halftime advantage. Edmonson finished with 12 points.

Hunter Barnette led South Iredell in scoring with 11 points.

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