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ACROSS THE SPORTS DESK

Basketball shines; cross-country earns academic honors

Chavez Christmas Classic starts Thursday
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Lincoln High basketball continues to roll on. The boys picked up some more hardware at the Bret Harte Tournament in Angels Camp over the weekend and the Fighting Zebras girls improved to 6-0.

Boys Basketball

Following a first-place finish at the Wheatland Tournament, the Zebras headed for Angels Camp after a stop at El Dorado.

Against the Cougars, Lincoln held a 21-point lead at the end of three quarters. Although El Dorado mounted a late challenge, the Zebras won 68-56 in the non-conference contest.

In the Bret Harte Tournament, the Zebras defeated Venture Academy of Stockton 88-46, Calaveras 63-40 and Dixon 70-56, winning each came by an average margin of 27 points.

The boys were scheduled to play host to Lindhurst Dec. 18.

Bear River 59, Lincoln 53

Visiting a former Pioneer Valley League rival, the Zebras got a dose of what it was like in the PVL.

Lincoln jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the Bruins battled back to tie the game 28-28 at the half.

Bear River began to get the upper hand, when the Zebras closed to within one late in the fourth quarter. But the Zebra Town boys were unable keep up the momentum and fell to 8-2 on the season.

Girls Basketball

Not to be outdone, the lady Zebras came off a 60-39 win over Del Campo early last week and marched to the top of the podium in the Rotary Club Tournament in Oroville Dec. 6-8.

Using a steady offense and stingy offense, Lincoln beat Las Plumas 62-45 and Oroville 61-48, and Gridley 65-50 in the championship.

Kalyna Kim led the Zebras in scoring, totaling 62 points in three games. The team shot only 31 percent from the floor against Las Plumas, but upped their shooting percentage to nearly 44 in the final two contests.

The team totaled 53 steals. Keegan Linke had seven blocks over the tournament’s three days.

Lincoln also got solid play from sophomore Maleika Ashe and freshman Lauren Holcomb. Holcomb scored 13 points against Gridley.

Lincoln 68, Marysville 10

In a game in which it would be hard to tell if it was won with a tenacious defense or a prolific offense, the Zebras apparently used it all.

Eleven Lincoln players scored, with Kim garnering 19. The Indians did not score in the final period.

The Zebras shot just 39 percent from the floor and 33 percent from the line or things could have been worse. However, the blue-and-gold did shoot 44 percent from behind the 3-point arc, pulled down 46 rebounds, made 24 steals and turned the ball over just 13 times.

They were set to begin their annual Chavez Christmas Classic at 8 p.m. Thursday against Western Sierra Collegiate Academy.

Cross-Country

The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section released its Academic Team Champions for 2018 and the Lincoln High boys cross-country team finished third with a GPA of 3.757.