Lincoln opens second half of PVL play with win over Center
After going winless in the first half of Pioneer Valley League play, the Lincoln girls basketball team opened its final trip through league with a win at Center last week.
The Fighting Zebras Cassandra Jaimes scored a game-high 25 points using her inside play to her advantage.
“We got the ball inside to Jaimes,” said Lincoln head coach Dan Hicks.
Hicks said finding the key to scoring was something his club has been working on all year but it came slower than he’d hoped. Although he had good talent in his lineup, Hicks said his combination of seniors and underclassmen may have taken too long to gel.
“The seniors, sophomores and freshmen did not mix as quickly as I had hoped,” Hicks said. “Our goal was to win 15 games and at least get a play-in for the playoffs.”
The Zebras, 12-11 overall and 1-5 in league, entered PVL competition with a 11-6 record and just four games from an automatic bid to make the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. Any team that has 15 wins but a poor league record is put into a play-in game; the winner of that advances into the playoffs.
Hicks said the biggest problem his team has had is scoring. Prior to their win over Center, Lincoln was averaging less than 30 points a game in league play.
The top 16 teams in each division make the playoffs, including those who advance via a play-in victory. Lincoln ranks 19th in the Division III Power Ratings; ironically, the three teams above them have a combined record of 16 wins but better league records.
COLFAX 41, LINCOLN 26
The Zebras wrapped up their first trip through the PVL with a loss to the Falcons
JV _ Lincoln’s junior varsity squad is 17-6 on the season and 5-1 in league. They’re only PVL loss came at the hands of Bear River.
They defeated Center 60-47 and Colfax 38-24.
LINCOLN 43, CENTER 36
Zebras 13 13 9 8 – 43
Center 9 14 4 9 – 36
Lincoln – Jaimes 25, Sarigumba 7, Galli 5, McCommas 5.