For head coach, Grant Hodges, it’s been a nice roller coaster season. Starting the season as one of the teams in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16, Lake Norman promising season got off to a rocky start after 6’9 sophomore Trent Steinour injured his ankle during the “Fall League.” With high expectations, Lake Norman lost four of their first six games for a 2-4 record. Although the loses came to strong opponents like United Faith, Central Cabarrus, and Mt. Tabor, all highly ranked teams. With the return of 6’9 Trent Steinour, Lake Norman has won six straight games and eight of their last nine games.
In the game against a healthy Cox Mill, Lake Norman knew exactly what was at stake. A win over a very talented and well coached team, would secure the Greater Metro 4A regular season conference championship. Playing before a loud and capacity crowd, “The Lake Show” provided the fans in attendance a glimpse of things to be. 6’4 senior Cole Callaway led the way with a team high 20 points as Lake Norman captured an impressive 83-75 win. In addition, 6’5 sophomore Tre McKinnon finished with 19 points, including three 3-pointers and going a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line, while 5’11 sophomore Josh Yates chipped in 14 points, with 6’9 sophomore Trent Steinour and 5’11 freshman Nick Arnold both tallied 13 points. Leading the way for Cox Mill, was 6’3 junior Langston Boyd with a game high 32 points and junior DJ Boyce chipped in 14 points.
Lake Norman will close out the regular season next week with a home game against South Iredell and on the road against cross town rival Mooresville. Lake Norman appears to be peaking at the right time and will be a heavy favorite to win the Greater Metro 4A Conference Tournament. With momentum on their side, look for Lake Norman to make a deep playoff run. They have good size, solid guard play and the team is playing with confidence. That being said, the biggest difference is the team that has numerous talented individual pieces, they seem to be developing good team chemistry.