Lincoln JV remains unbeaten with OT win

Zebras catch Bruins 55-49
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Lincoln High junior varsity girls basketball team looked as if they were going to run away with their game against Bear River Wednesday, but the contest eventually ended up in overtime.

In overtime, the Fighting Zebras took over again and broke the deadlock 10-1 for a 55-49 victory.

“I’ll take that. That was fun,” said Lincoln JV head coach Donna Tofft. “I love it; I love it. That’s why we do this, right?

Lincoln improved to 4-0 in the Pioneer Valley League, with Placer on the docket for Friday. The Hillmen’s only loss was a 38-36 decision to Colfax Jan. 12.

Against Bear River, Annabelle Barnes scored four points and Charlize Lemus, Morgan Scott and Jada Lewis hit key free throws to help subdue the Bruins. Lemus finished with 29 points in the game.

The Zebras held a four point lead going into the fourth quarter. Bear River rallied to lead by as many as 11 points in the final eight minutes, but the Zebras came back to tie the score 48-48 at the end of regulation.

“I just said ‘Stay the course.’ We have plenty of time left,” Tofft said as to what she told her team after falling behind. “We were missing shots. We weren’t getting fouls called and then things changed.”

JV post player Stephanie Vite was recently called up to help give the varsity more height in the paint. Donna said her players were used to playing off of Vite and had a bit of difficulty adjusting to her absence.

The JV Zebras came into the game riding a narrow 34-32 win over Colfax Jan. 19, but they were finding ways to win.

“We battle well. I love these kids; they battle,” said Tofft. “They don’t get a lot of playing time. This is great; I love it.”