Lincoln hosts invitational tournament this week

League starts Jan. 9 hosting Oakmont
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Girls Basketball Preseason Standings

Team         Record      SOS

Lincoln      (0-0, 9-4)   0.5

Ponderosa (0-0, 7-4)   -1.8

Placer         (0-0, 8-5)   12.9

Nev. Union (0-0, 7-7) 11.2

Oakmont   (0-0, 5-9)   0.5

Rio Linda (0-0, 4-8)   1.0

SOS: Strength of Schedule


Although the Lincoln High girls team have the best preseason record among Foothill Valley League teams, Placer and Nevada Union have been the ones sharpening iron with iron.

The Fighting Zebras improved their strength of schedule in Del Oro’s Takayama “Tako” Memorial Tournament last week, but suffered three losses in doing so.

At 9-4, the girls in blue have won games by an average margin of more than 30 points. In their four losses, they have given up 64 points while averaging 44 points on offense.

Against FVL teams they’ve met in the preseason, the Zebras lost to Placer and easily defeated Rio Linda.

Lincoln has a good team, but struggles against taller teams. When having to rely on perimeter shooting, senior Kalyna Kim is just about it. Kim’s average from 3-point range is 34 percent; the rest of the team is averaging 16 percent, making just 19 of 122 attempts.

Head coach Amy Avila has rotated different players into the post to shore up her front court, but she does not have a player over 6 feet tall. Senior Keegan Linke is the team’s strongest rebounder, while often playing guard and is the team’s second-best shooter from long range.

Freshman Lauren Holcomb, sophomores Maleika Ashe and Chalize Lemus, and junior Carolyn McCommas have picked up their games, but not yet enough to compensate when opposing defenses shut down Kim.

The Zebras should match up well with three of the FVL teams, but will have to sharpen the iron when it comes to Placer and Nevada Union.

The Zebras will host its 34th annual Lincoln Invitational Tournament Dec. 27-29 and open play 6:30 p.m. Thursday against Vallejo.