One season-long train ride remained on track and another wound up being derailed for Lake Norman’s girls basketball team.
The Wildcats gladly traded in one for the other.
The Wildcats’ previously undefeated run drew to a close following a 63-55 defeat dropped to West Rowan.
However, Lake Norman’s continued campaign-long stay atop the I-Meck Conference ranks remained intact due to a 55-34 victory over cross-town arch rival and circuit opponent Mooresville.
The Wildcats headed back into play owning an 11-1 overall record that includes a 4-0 mark with I-Meck play. The latter ledger served to keep Lake Norman with no worse than a share of the conference lead.
A bid by the Wildcats to protect their unblemished standard ended against an unbeaten Falcons team that boasts current No. 4 ranking within the state’s 3A class MaxPreps.com poll.
Playing their second full game without the services of leading scorer Lauren Sullivan, who continues to nurse a knee injury, the Wildcats were paced in scoring by the 23 points poured in by Madison Saunders. Ellie Erwin chimed in with 11 points.
Earlier, at Mooresville, the Wildcats rode the double-digit scoring outputs of a pair of players who combined to nearly match the entire total of Mooresville to the winning effort.
Lake Norman’s Kirsten Lewis-Williams paced all scorers in the game with her 17 points, while senior post presence Ashley Kennedy piped in with her 14 points.
Lake Norman returned to the I-Meck segment of it season when also returning home against Vance, with results from that game posted too late to be included in this edition.