Lincoln girls basketball comes up short in league play

Playoff hopes dim
By: Kirby Desha and Jim Linsdau/The News Messenger
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Although the Lincoln (2-6) girls basketball team's loss to Colfax (3-5) dimmed their hopes of making the playoffs, repeat wins over Bear River and Placer to end the season could brighten that picture, but not remedy it.

Bear River's (4-4) victory over Center (3-5) Tuesday put the Bruins' into third place in the Pioneer Valley League with the league receiving three automatic bids into the postseason.

Still, if the Fighting Zebras were to repeat their earlier victories over Bear River and Placer to close out the season they would improve to 4-6. The Bruins would fall to 4-5 and a loss to Colfax in their final game would drop them to 4-6.

Lincoln would then have the advantage having beaten the Bruins in head-to-head competition.

The wildcard is Colfax and the Falcons still have to play Foothill; a loss there would drop Colfax to 4-6. Where the Zebras come up short is having lost twice to the Falcons.

In spite of it – support your Zebras to the finish!

Lincoln at home vs. Bear River 7 p.m. Thursday; Lincoln at home vs. Placer 7 p.m. Feb. 14 – Be There!

Center 46 - Lincoln 43

Lincoln lost a close home game to Center Jan. 31.

The Zebras started slow and scored just five points in the opening period. That output was partly responsible for the loss, considering that Lincoln played pretty much even the rest of the game.

Keegan Linke hit several big shots in the contest, notably hitting a 3 right at the buzzer of the second period, which tied the game at 25 each. Linke hit another 3-pointer in the third, which then tied the score at 30.

Lincoln was up by five in the fourth period, but Center fought back to take the lead at 42-39. With under three minutes left in the game, Kalyna Kim hit a 3 to tie the score at 42.

Unfortunately for Zebras’ fans, the defense could not contain Center guard Maylene Hughes, who had a game-high 18 points. Linke was the high scorer for Lincoln with 13.

The Zebras also had turnover issues, committing 20 to Center’s nine.

Foothill 77- Lincoln 38

The Foothill Mustangs continued their impressive march though the PVL, beating Lincoln in every aspect of the game.

Foothill jumped out to a 29-7 lead in the first period and never looked back.

Once again, the high scorer was junior guard Makaila Sanders with 38 points.