Lincoln steps up for 56-46 win over Bear River

Zebras host Placer Friday
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Bruins         12      7        9        18 – 46

Zebras         12      10      11      23 – 56


Girls Basketball Standings

Foothill (3-1, 17-3) win over Colfax 52-44

Colfax (3-1, 18-2) loss to Foothill 52-44

Placer (3-1, 13-7) win over Center 61-42

Lincoln (2-2, 11-10) win over Bear River 56-46

Bear River (1-3, 13-6) loss to Lincoln 56-46

Center (0-4, 9-12) loss to Placer 61-42


Jan. 26 (Fri.) Placer 7 p.m.

Feb. 1 (Thu.) Foothill 7 p.m.



After being held to just 19 points at Colfax, the Lincoln High girls basketball team jumped right back into the Pioneer Valley League race with a 56-46 victory over visiting Bear River Wednesday.

The Fighting Zebras built a 33-28 lead in the third quarter and then stepped it up to outscore the Bruins 23-18 in the final eight minutes.

“Offensively, tonight, we were more fundamental. We were looking to make the extra pass, the correct pass,” said Lincoln head coach Tim Sprinkles. “And top to bottom, everybody on the team was into it. Our energy was really good and that translates on the court.”

Bear River applied a double-team trap in the backcourt virtually throughout the game. Although it proved successful at times, the visitors were never able to gain an edge in any of the four periods.

“Just don’t panic,” Sprinkles said, as to how deal with a trap. “Make sure you try and keep your distance from the trap so you can read the floor and make a good pass.”

After scoring just four points against Colfax last week, Kalyna Kim led Lincoln with 13, nine in the fourth quarter. Sukhleen Gill added six, canning 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch. The Zebras were 8-14 at the charity stripe in the final frame, the Bruins 5-9.

Bear River’s Katelyn Meylor led all scorers with 23 points, cashing in on six 3-pointers.

Lincoln will now do battle with Placer (3-1) Friday. A win would put the Zebras in a tie with Placer for third place.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the Zoo Friday night,” Sprinkles said, with a smile. “The student body better get their butts in the seats.”

 Colfax lost to Foothill Wednesday, 52-44. The Falcons, Placer and Foothill all stand at 3-1.

Colfax 44, Lincoln 19

Lincoln got off 34 shot attempts from the field, the Falcons 64 on their way to victory Friday in Colfax.

Lincoln was 18 percent from the floor; Colfax 27 percent. Neither team made a 3-point shot, but both did OK at the free-throw line – Zebras 7-for-11, Falcons 10-15.

Keegan Linke and Sophia Nutter led the Zebras with six points apiece.

In the green uniforms 6-foot 2-inch Caleigh McClenahan was high-point for the game with 12. The senior also hauled down 19 rebounds.

"Colfax is tough,” Sprinkles said. “They have some height in the post position. They have some height in the guard position that’s always tough to go against offensively.”

Colfax had a 44-35 edge in rebounding; Lincoln committed 28 turnovers to the Falcons’ eight.

It was reported that Colfax’s 18-1 start was its best since 1996-97.

Foothill 67, Lincoln 38

The Zebras were able to hang around for the first two quarters, trailing 30-21 at the half. However, a 21-8 run by the Mustangs in quarter three ended all hopes of an upset bid.

Sophomore Stephanie Vite led Lincoln with 13 points, shooting 86 percent from the floor. Linke had eight points and Gill seven.

Foothill’s Bianca Sanders and Makaila Sanders combined for 40 total points. The Mustangs made 11 3-point shots, the Zebras made one.

Lincoln pulled down 30 boards, but made only two steals and turned the ball over 22 times.