Lincoln heads into season on winning note
The visiting Grizzlies of Golden Sierra probably did not feel their 65-31 loss to the Lincoln High girls basketball was their highlight of the evening Nov. 27, but they did get the chance to witness something rather remarkable.
Fighting Zebras’ player Kalyna Kim scored her 1,000th point as a varsity player. Of course, after the senior scored nearly 300 points her freshmen season, reaching the millenary mark came very much into play.
“I did (know),” said Kim of the potential of hitting her 1,000th point against Golden Sierra. “I didn’t know we would have a big celebration like this, but I did know it would be this game.”
The game was stopped in the first period, after Kim hit a jumper to break the barrier. Lincoln High Athletic Director Donna Tofft announced the feat and awarded Kim the game ball.
Following the game, a ceremony was held with Kim’s parents joining her at midcourt. Along with the ball and flowers, Kim was given a framed photo of her in action with “1,000 points” emblazoned on it.
Kim went on to lead the Zebras over the Grizzlies, scoring 18 total points that evening; she also sat out much of the game.
It was the second win of the season, if one counts the Foundation Game against Rio Americano. Kim scored 10 points against the Raiders. Keegan Linke scored 19 and freshman Lauren Holcomb scored 12, showing Kim will have plenty of help this year.
“I think we’ll have a very good season and I hope we go far. I think we have a lot of power on the team,” Kim said. “We have a good group of girls and we just have to work all together and have a good season.”
Linke and Makayla Franco have also been varsity players since they were freshmen. Now they are part of the six seniors on this year’s team that also has four juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen.
The Zebras head into the Foothill Valley League this season. Placer is the only familiar foe to move over to the new league with Lincoln. The others include Oakmont, Nevada Union, Rio Linda and Ponderosa.
Lincoln will host Del Campo Dec. 4 and Marysville Dec. 11, before hosting their annual Chavez Christmas Classic tournament beginning Dec. 13.