River Valley claims Lincoln Invite 64-48

Zebras finish as runners-up
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Girls Basketball Tournament Dec. 28-30


Round 3 Saturday

11:30 a.m. – 7th Place: Rio Americano 54, Marysville 45

1 p.m. – Consolation: Napa 60, Capital Christian 30

2:30 p.m. – 3rd Place: El Camino 65, Gridley 56 (OT)

4 p.m. – Championship: River Valley 64, Lincoln 48

JV Championship

Rio Americano 26, Lincoln Frosh 25


The Lincoln High girls team came into the 30th annual Lincoln Invitational Tournament championship game with a solid win over El Camino in the semifinals, but in the end River Valley emerged the champion 64-48 Saturday afternoon.

The Falcons got 19 points from senior Gloria Leon Campos, who did not play in the Chavez Classic. River Valley defeated Lincoln 68-64 in the Classic.

“(Campos) was surprising; she was really good,” Lincoln head coach Tim Sprinkles said. “They were pretty good and we played terrible in the second half.”

The Falcons led 25-21 at halftime, but River Valley outscored the Zebras 21-12 in the final quarter to secure the victory.

Keegan Linke led Lincoln with 16 points; the Zebras were 1-for-15 from behind the 3-point line. The teams were even on the boards, but the Falcons shot 44 percent from the floor, Lincoln 32 percent.

“Keegan is in her third year being a varsity starter. She understands the game very well,” Sprinkles said. I’m very proud how she’s playing away from the ball on defense. She always seems to be a part of the offense in one way or another.”

Lincoln 60, El Camino 33

The Zebras pounded the Eagles from the 3-point arc, hitting 9-19, and controlled the boards against a much taller team.

Kalyna Kim hit four 3-pointers and Carolyn McCommas was 3-4 behind the arc. Kim finished with 16 points, McCommas 11 and Makayla Franco added nine.

Kim and Franco were named to the all-tournament team.

Lincoln 56, Marysville 30

Kim poured in 23 points to help lead the Zebras to victory in the opening round. Although the team shot just 29 percent from the floor, they shot 56 percent from the free-throw line.

Lincoln also ripped down 43 rebounds, with Taylor Smith garnering nine and Madison Roberts seven.

“Most nights going out, we know we are not going to be the taller team,” said Sprinkles. “So we focus, making sure we have team rebounding; all five players have a role. We have to be on the aggressive.”