No role reversals here.
In fact, preferred positions wound up remaining securely in place following the first renewal of this basketball season’s cross-town rivalry.
Girls and boys teams from Pine Lake Prep and Langtree Charter Academy replayed ties connected to both their hometowns as well as same conference links in the regular season series.
And as anticipated, the two teams surfacing as winners each did so to enhance their placements near the top of the circuit standings.
Keeping in place a trend that also got its start when they squared off to get the ball rolling on the two-game set as early as possible earlier this month, the girls team from Langtree Charter and boys team from Pine Lake each snared victories to maintain their status among the upper crust in the 1A PAC-7 Conference ranks.
Play in this-time-around’s twin bill took place in the PLP gym after getting its start on LCA’s home site back Jan 3.
As was the case then, history wound up repeating itself the second time around as well.
In the girls game to open the night’s festivities, the favored Langtree Lions pair of strong starts to each half that allowed them to build a steady lead for the 58-51 decision.
As a result, Langtree — at one point this season ranked as high as No. 1 in the N.C. MaxPreps.com 1A class girls basketball poll — parlayed the effort into improving to the 7-2 mark in the PAC-7 ranks for an overall 18-3 record. The Lions preserved their current two-way share of the second-place spot in the league ranks while also supporting its continued No. 10 ranked standing in the latest MaxPreps.com 1A class girls basketball poll.
As for Pine Lake Prep, it shouldered the setback serving to also saddle it with the rivalry’s series sweep to slip to the 3-6 and 3-16 levels.
No additional individual information from either team was available.
In the boys game that capped the proceedings, crowd favorite Pine Lake Prep’s Pride parlayed a strong start from the beginning of both the first and third quarters into the posting of the season series sweep by a final score of 79-51.
Doing the bulk of their early damage from near the basket, the Pride broke out to a 27-11 lead in the first quarter alone. The Pride proved to be near equally as dominate to start the second half by racing off to a 19-5 charge. The two bulges created a 30-point gap, one that in large part helped account for the final spread.
In leading the winning charge, Pine Lake’s Jacob Morgan captained the crew with his 21 points that topped a twosome of teammates in the double-digit department. Also for the Pride, Carson Shipley pitched in with 10 points to lead a cast of as many as 11 players chiming in with points of some sort.
The win improved PLP to the 8-1 mark in PAC-7 play to also support its outright ownership of second place among that crowd. Pine Lake also moved to the 13-6 level for the season overall.
Langtree Charter actually housed the game’s overall leading scorer courtesy of the Lion’s Jordan Wyke and his 24 points.
LCA dipped to the 1-8 level in league affairs as part of an overall 6-16 record.
The all-Mooresville rivalry renewal between Pine Lake and Langtree is the first of two on tap to take place in exactly a week’s time frame.