Lincoln girls stunned by Center, fall to Bear River
On the opening night of Pioneer Valley League competition, the Lincoln High varsity girls basketball team was stunned on their home court when Center hit a buzzer-beating basket to win 33-32 last week.
In a game that included nine lead changes, the Lady Zebras were handed a crucial loss in what has become an increasingly tough league.
With 90 seconds left in the game, Cassandra Jaimes found point guard Taylor Galli near the top of the key for a lead-grabbing 3-pointer. The sophomore’s score halted a 0-for-6 slump that included five turnovers.
The Cougars failed to answer Galli’s score and had to foul in order to regain possession.
In two separate attempts to ice the game, the Zebras missed the front-end of a couple one-and-ones.
With less than 10 seconds remaining, the Cougars hustled down the court. They broke Lincoln’s defensive coverage giving Center’s Vesta Fletcher an open shot. Although she missed, with all the attention on her the Cougars grabbed the rebound and put it up for an easy two points and the game.
Lincoln head coach Dan Hicks was disappointed in his club’s performance.
“We only score 32 points and lose by one at the buzzer,” said Hicks. “We just did not execute. We played poorly.”
Both teams struggled from the floor, shooting less than 25 percent. Lincoln shot slightly better from beyond the arc but neither team shot better than 30 percent.
Jaimes had another double-double night with 16 points and double-digit rebounding. The senior scored all nine of Lincoln’s points in the opening period.
After nearly a month away, Maureen Sarigumba returned to the Zebras’ lineup to help provide depth at point guard. In addition to her six points, she provided a spark on defense with crucial steals in the second half.
Galli and Karla McCommas each scored five points apiece.
BEAR RIVER 53, LINCOLN 26
Things did not get any better in Lake of the Pines as Bear River dealt the Zebras its second league-loss 53-26.
The girls in blue kept pace through the first quarter but began to fade after that.
Jaimes scored nine and McCommas seven in the loss.