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Bear River rolls past Lincoln in opener

: Zebras JV get ‘sweet’ victory
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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The Lincoln High girls basketball team suffered a cold shooting night against Bear River and fell 67-31. It was the Pioneer Valley League opener for both. The Fighting Zebras took an early 4-0 lead, but it soon evaporated into a Bruins’ rout. Lincoln did hold Bear River’s top scorer, Jennifer Meylor, to less than her scoring average, but her teammates quickly made up the difference. The Bruins shot 43 percent from the floor, the Zebras an unofficial 26 percent. Bear River also rained in 10 3-pointers, the girls-in-blue two. “They basically shot layups. We turned the ball over 19 times in the first half and six of them led directly to layups,” said Lincoln head coach Dan Hicks concerning Bear River’s shooting percentage. “When you shoot a layup you can shoot a high percentage if there’s nobody guarding you.” The Bruins used solid ball movement and incredible shooting to put the game out of reach early. Bear River went to its bench in the fourth quarter after mounting a 53-22 lead. Lincoln’s Kaitlin Fischer was given the assignment of covering the Bruins’ Jennifer Meylor, who had been averaging nearly 20 points a contest. Fischer held Meylor to 16 points, but Meylor’s teammate Savannah Weiz also scored 16. “I think we definitely need to get more coverage on 23 (Weiz). She was hitting a lot of threes,” said Fischer, who felt the team would probably play a straight up defense in the return match. “I think we need to click more as a team and start playing all together, and get the attitude going.” Lincoln’s Cassandra Jaimes also scored 16 in the game, and pulled down six rebounds. She also shot 5-6 from the free-throw line. Sarah Dargan added eight points, and had six rebounds as well. Unofficially, the Zebras had more than 30 turnovers as compared to Bear River’s 14. The Bruins also picked up nine points from the charity stripe. Bear River held a 30-24 edge on the boards. We’ve been turning the ball over all year long,” Hicks said. “If we continue to turn it over it will continue to be 35-point losses.” Fischer said the team has to keep practicing harder, and learning when they have an open shot, and when they don’t. Fischer had three points in the game hitting on a 3-pointer in the first quarter. JV _ Where the varsity struggled against Bear River, the Lincoln girls’ junior varsity rocked the Bruins, 54-46. The Zebras quickly erased a 9-8 first-quarter deficit to take a 28-10 lead by halftime. The Bruins, who defeated Lincoln by one point in the championship game of the Lincoln Invitational, tried to make a comeback but the girls-in-blue would have none of it. “It was sweet. It was sweet,” said Lincoln junior varsity coach Donna Tofft. “We used that (championship) game to get ready for league, and get ready for Bear River.” Tofft said that championship game told her players how hard they would have to practice in order to defeat a club as strong as Bear River. She said they used the loss to the Bruins to sharpen their focus. “(We’ll) work on last minute situations, not fouling, and keep away,” Tofft said. “(It was) sweet, just sweet.” The Zebras are now 12-6 on the season, 1-0 in league. Bear River 67, Lincoln 31 Bruins 20 18 15 14 – 67 Zebras 8 8 6 9 – 31 Pioneer Valley League Girls Basketball Standings Team W L GB Off Def Dif Bear River 1 0 - 52.1 44.2 7.8 Colfax 1 0 - 51.3 51.1 0.2 Placer 1 0 - 53.4 44.8 8.5 Foothill 0 1 1 51.1 48.5 2.6 Center 0 1 1 40.6 44.5 -3.9 Lincoln 0 1 1 35.8 44.4 -8.6 W – wins, L – losses, GB – games behind, Off – scoring average, Def – opponent’s average, Dif - difference