Bear River spoils final home game for Lincoln girls

Seniors honored at game
By: Joshua Gutierrez/News Messenger Correspondent
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The third time was not a charm, as the Lincoln girls basketball team lost to Bear River in as many attempts. The 69-45 loss keeps the Zebras looking up in the Pioneer Valley League with a 1-6 record.

Before the game, five Zebras were honored in their last basketball game at Lincoln. Seniors Maureen Sarigumba, Megan Flores, Vinnianah Sunia-Mafileo, Kali Federwisch and Cassandra Jaimes were escorted to center court by family, as Zebras’ fans applauded the group.

Bear River assumed control of the game early, jumping to a 15-5 run midway through the first period.

Lincoln’s game plan was adversely affected when Karla McCommas injured her ankle on a rebound attempt. The sophomore did not return.

The Bruins extended their advantage shooting 6-for-12 from beyond the perimeter. Bear River took a 41-18 lead into the locker room.

Sarigumba sparked the Zebras’ offense after the break, scoring six points and collecting two assists. The senior guard ended the night with a team leading 16 points and three assists. Nakita Neel, who replaced McCommas, penetrated inside for a pair of field goals.

In her last eight minutes before a home crowd, Jaimes helped the Zebras’ outscore the Bruins 14-7 putting up eight points. The senior was 6-8 from the free-throw line.

After being held to less than 22 points per game in their first two games against Bear River, the Zebras tallied 45 in their final meeting. That improvement was noted by Lincoln head coach Dan Hicks as a point to build on.

 “To be honest, I’m glad we could score 45 on this team,” said Hicks. “I’m not heartbroken when we lose games to good teams.”

Jaimes spoke on behalf of her fellow seniors.

“I’m glad I played here in Lincoln,” said Jaimes, whose 13 points were second on the team. “I wouldn’t have wanted to play anywhere else.”


The Zebras were unable to repeat last year’s upset victory over the Hillmen on Placer’s home court.

The game marked the first of three road games that will bring Lincoln’s 2013 season to an end.


Bruins             19        22        23        7 – 69

Zebras            6          12        13        14 - 45


Bear River 26-54, 7-10, 69, 3Pt 10-22. Lincoln 11-38, 21-30, 45, 3Pt 0-7.

Turnovers 20.


Lincoln – Sarigumba 5-9, 6-6, 16, 3Pt 0-2,  3Pts 0-2, Jaimes 2-11, 9-12, 13, 3Pt 0-1, Neel-3-6, 0-2, 6.

Assists – Sarigumba 3, Jaimes 1, Galli 1, Pisik 1.