Lincoln’s defense shines in opening game of Invitational
As day one of the 22nd Annual Lincoln Invitational concluded, the Lincoln varsity girls basketball team successfully defended their home court by defeating Wheatland 50-29 Thursday.
In all but one period, the Zebras held their Highway 65 rival to less than six points scored. The opportunistic Zebras forced 31 turnovers against a Pirate team that struggled in nearly all phases of the game.
By the half, the Zebras held a 16-point lead. Taylor Galli earned an assist on four 3-pointers as the Zebras pulled away.
The Pirates assumed control of the third period, cutting Lincoln’s lead to 11 as the final period got under way.
But before the Pirates could get any closer, the Zebras defense tightened. The Pirates began the final period with seven-straight turnovers and didn’t score until five minutes had elapsed.
Cassandra Jaimes effectively ended Wheatland’s hopes as the senior nailed consecutive threes early in the fourth. The senior proved to be dangerous beyond the arc hitting on four 3-pointers throughout the game. Jaimes finished with 16 points to lead all Zebras.
The Zebras move on to face a Granite Bay team that defeated Rio Linda 55-33.
If the Zebras advance to Saturday’s finale, a Pioneer Valley League opponent may await them. The 11-0 Bear River Bruins may pose the biggest threat in the Lincoln Invitational and allow Zebras’ fans an opportunity to preview PVL competition.
Behind the strong performance of Daeja Black’s 16-point night, the Granite Bay Grizzlies rolled to a 55-33 win over Rio Linda.
The talented freshman began the night 6-for-7 from the floor, helping the Grizzlies grab a 14-point lead going into the half.
Rio Linda cut down Black’s performance in the third period but failed to make gains. The Knights turned the ball over nine times and scored only six points.
Julia Bermudaz helped the Grizzlies pull away in the final period scoring six points, including the team’s only successful shot beyond the arc.
The Bear River Bruins left no doubt as to their ability and defended their spotless record with a 74-26 win over San Juan.
In the third period, the Bruins showcased their talent with a 22-4 run. The Bruins shot 11-13 from the floor while limiting San Juan to just 2-11.
Bear River’s Cindy Solomon established herself in the opening period as a threat beyond the arc, connecting on four occasions and finishing with 13 total points.
The Bruins’ Kaitlyn Reina outscored the entire San Juan Spartans on Thursday putting up 31 points in the lopsided victory.
In the final period, River Valley and Rio Americano traded leads of up to six points as each exchange seemed to put the other in control of an eventual victory.
But the game ended on the late efforts of Rio Americano’s Daisy Wilson, who scored a tie-breaking layup with two seconds remaining.
With the Raiders up by six to start the final period, River Valley went on a 15-0 run to assume a nine-point lead.
With a little more than three minutes left in the game, Elizabeth Moulton helped Rio Americano spring an 11-0 run. Her seven points in that period helped set up Wilson’s game-winning drive.
Lincoln Invitational Tournament
Lincoln High Girls Basketball
Rio Americano 51, River Valley 49
Bear River 74, San Juan 26
Granite Bay 55, Rio Linda 33
Lincoln 50, Wheatland 29
Pirates 6 6 12 5 – 29
Zebras 10 18 7 15 – 50
3 p.m.-San Juan vs. River Valley
4:30 p.m.-Wheatland vs. Rio Linda
6 p.m.-Bear River vs. Rio Americano
7:30 p.m.-Lincoln vs. Granite Bay