Lincoln trips up Marysville on way to league

Bear River, Placer look strong
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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The Lincoln High girls basketball team is resilient as they demonstrated an ability to shed losses only to bounce back for victory. That could play well for the Fighting Zebras when they open Pioneer Valley League play, tonight, hosting Bear River. Lincoln suffered an eight-point loss to River Valley, 63-55, Jan. 5, and then traveled to Marysville to earn a 44-40 win the following night. They wrapped up their preseason, Wednesday, at Mesa Verde. As head coach Dan Hicks pointed out during the Zebras invitational tournament, his club has trouble scoring. Having to face the 11-5 Bruins to open PVL play won’t be a small task. Bear River is averaging more than 51 points a game; Lincoln 36.6 points a game. “That’s why you play a tough preseason,” said Lincoln head coach Dan Hicks as to the team’s roller-coaster ride in preparation for league. “We may take losses, but we have to get better, and you get better playing against good people.” Hicks will have to rely heavily on his senior point guard Liz Magana, and senior post player Sarah Dargan. Both are strong players, but as a point guard Magana’s role is more to set up the plays, not necessarily to do the scoring. Dargan does a good job on the boards, but has difficulty putting the ball in the basket. If juniors Cassandra Jaimes and Megan Flores can help pick up the scoring in the front court, Magana will get solid support in the back court from sophomores Riley Sims and Kaylee Avilla. Go Zebras! Pioneer Valley League Girls Basketball Preseason Standings 2011-‘12 Team W L Off Def Dif Bear River 11 5 51.1 45.1 6.1 Foothill 10 5 47.5 44.8 2.7 Colfax 8 7 47.8 47.7 0.1 Placer 7 8 53.1 45.3 7.8 Center 5 8 46.8 49.8 -3.0 Lincoln 6 10 36.1 43.0 -6.9 Log W-wins, L-loss, Off_offense average, Def-defense average, Dif-difference