Lincoln breaks through to defeat Placer, 44-41

Jaimes scores 16 before injury
By: Staff Report
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AUBURN _ After more than four years of absorbing losses against Placer, the Lincoln High girls basketball team broke the Hillmen dominance by beating them on the road, 44-41, Feb. 10. The Fighting Zebras Cassandra Jaimes scored a game-high 16 points in the contest. Unfortunately, the junior also injured her Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter and will likely miss the final game of the season. Lincoln’s previous woes against Placer began in 2007 when the Hillmen joined the Pioneer Valley League. Over the next four years the Zebras lost to the girls-in-green by a margin of nearly 30 points per contest. “That’s a huge win for the program,” said first-year Lincoln High head coach Dan Hicks. “It was a night where everybody was involved whether on offense or defense.” Hicks said he wasn’t sure as to the extent of Jaimes’ injury but didn’t expect her to be able to play in the team’s finale against Colfax. The Falcons are 7-1 and are on top of the PVL, but lost to Bear River on Friday, 42-21. Sarah Dargan scored 11 against Placer, Riley Sims nine, and Kaitlin Fisher added five. Hicks said his senior point guard Liz Magana scored two but her defense against one of the Hillmen’s leading scorers helped make the difference. “Once we came alive and got through their press we were able to use our big girls inside,” Hicks said. “I think we can use this to carry into next year.” Hicks said Jaimes was also instrumental in keeping the Hillmen out of the paint. He said when Jaimes was injured in the fourth quarter Placer was able to make a run or Lincoln’s margin of victory might have been more. Lincoln is 2-7 in league and 8-17 overall. They closed out their 2011-12 campaign at home against Colfax, Wednesday.