Zebras wrap up season on the road

Postseason a long shot
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Lincoln High girls basketball team started the season with great promise and was 9-4 at one point, but that slowly unraveled. The Fighting Zebras are now in fifth place in the Pioneer Valley League and getting an automatic bid into the playoffs is gone.

The top three PVL teams get auto-bids and Lincoln trails No. 3 by three games with just two remaining. The Zebras are also ranked No. 18 by Max Preps for Division II teams (16 teams are invited), so that would have to improve to make the playoffs through the ranks.

Colfax 39, Lincoln 29

The Zebras put up a much better fight in their second meeting with PVL’s No. 2 team, in spite of the loss.

Held to four points in the first game against Colfax, Kalyna Kim exploded for 17 points Tuesday. Keegan Linke scored seven in the contest and Carolyn McCommas two; the trio shot 35 percent from the floor, but that was it.

Lincoln (2-6, 11-14) finishes the season on the road at Bear River (3-5) and Placer (5-3). The Zebras have beaten the Bruins, playing a solid game at home Jan. 24.

Lincoln has no seniors; the team is made up of seven juniors, three sophomores and a freshman.

A strong finish would set the table for a strong entry into the Foothill Valley League next season. If the team returns, along with players from a an 18-5 junior varsity team, it could be the best group head coach Tim Sprinkles has seen since his 2015 playoff team.