Zebras host annual invitational tournament

Play begins Thursday
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Girls Basketball Tournament Dec. 28-30

Round I

3 p.m. – Gridley vs. Rio Americano

4:30 – Napa vs. River Valley

6 p.m. – El Camino vs. Capital Christian

7:30 p.m. – Marysville vs. Lincoln

JV Round I

3 p.m. – Rio Linda vs. Wheatland

4:30 – Napa vs. Rio Americano

6 p.m. – El Camino vs. Yuba City

7:30 p.m. – Marysville vs. Lincoln



With Christmas in the rearview mirror, the Lincoln High girls basketball team will plunge into its annual invitational tournament Thursday through Saturday, sharpening up for Pioneer Valley League play beginning Jan. 12.

The 30th annual Lincoln Invitational Tournament will feature Gridley, Rio Americano, Napa, River Valley, El Camino, Capital Christian and Marysville, as well as the Fighting Zebras.

GRIDLEY (6-6) – out of the Butte View League in the CIF Northern Section, the Bulldogs have notched some solid wins.

Junior Maddyson Tull has been pouring in about 19 points a game and freshman Kennedy Tull is right behind with a near 14-point average.

RIO AMERICANO (5-5) – the Raiders are playing .500 ball as well. They have beaten Bella Vista and Del Campo, two Division II teams from the Capital Valley Conference.

Top gun for Rio is junior Kate Jasper, scoring more than a dozen per outing.

NAPA (2-6) – the Indians are off to a slow start, but proved their capability beating Santa Rose (5-3) 42-40 last week.

RIVER VALLEY (5-6) – the Falcons are back for another shot at taking home a Lincoln trophy after placing third in the Chavez Classic.

River Valley has three players averaging double digits – Devyn Dahlstrom, LeAundra Walker-Brown and Vikatolia Po’oi.

EL CAMINO (6-6) – the Eagles are capable of flying high as a team, as no player is averaging more than eight points a game. They have beaten Dixon, Pioneer and Casa Roble.

CAPITAL CHRISTIAN (3-4) – the Cougars lost their first three games, but won their last two.

Defenses will have to get on No. 36 Elena Hall. The senior averages almost 18 points per game.

MARYSVILLE (3-7) – the Indians are not off to a great start, but they have a player who is – Elisa Canty-Abdallah. The senior is scoring more than 25 points per contest.

LINCOLN (7-4) – this could be one of head coach Tim Sprinkles’ best teams yet, but there are no seniors among these young guns.

The Zebras’ surrendered 24 points to Canty-Abdallah in an earlier meeting, but still defeated Marysville 64-29 Dec. 12.