Lincoln uses team speed to blow by Sutter 53-37

Zebras counter Huskies’ size
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Lincoln High School girls basketball team raced out to 10-0 lead in the opening minutes of their game against Sutter High and went on to down the Huskies 53-37 Tuesday. Although it was the home club’s first game of the season, it was Sutter’s fifth.

The Fighting Zebras used team speed and a balanced scoring attack to offset the superior size of the visitors. Still, Lincoln held its own on the boards out-rebounding Sutter 38-29; nine of them pulled down by sophomore Karla McCommas, who gave up quite a bit of size to the Huskies’ players.

“I just try my hardest no matter what, like I always compete with them no matter how big or small they are,” said forward McCommas. “I always try to use my strength against theirs; it doesn’t always work but other than that it’s a great competition between (us).

McCommas also rose to the occasion in scoring leading her teammates with 13 points. Game high-point honors went to Sutter senior Erika Larsen with 14.

Besides McCommas, sophomores Taylor Galli and Chantel Sharp helped provide the team speed needed to counter the Huskies’s physical size. Galli had an unofficial seven steals and Sharp dropped in back-to-back 3-point shots to open the second half and quickly deflate any potential Sutter comeback. The visitors only trailed by eight going into the third quarter.

Galli and Sharp combined for five treys.

“We have a lot of speed. We’re trying to use the speed that we have and this is the first time we’ve actually tried it,” said Lincoln head coach Dan Hicks. “We actually bumped into each other; we actually fouled too many times. As a coach, I’m not really an up-tempo kind of guy but I’ve got such fast athletes I can’t not let them run.”

The increased tempo paid additional dividends in the second half as the Zebras opened up a 40-22 lead, and even got some help from a Sutter player who got confused and scored a basket for Lincoln. However, the Zebras really didn’t need the help.

In spite of the Huskies superior size, Lincoln’s speed beat them to the boards and proved too quick for Sutter’s defense.

Hicks said this was the club’s first game of going to a running-style offense and acknowledged it was a bit “helter-skelter.” However, the coach said he wouldn’t try using that same style against every team. He said they would adjust depending on what each opponent brought to the court.

“These guys had three 6-foot-plus girls that we just couldn’t match up with, (up tempo) was perfect for us,” Hicks said. “We’ve got posts; we’ve got guards. We’ve got shooters so we don’t have to play one way.”

Case in point, Hicks said he planned to emphasize post play in their opening game of the Oroville Tournament that began Thursday. Hicks said University Prep was physically smaller than the Zebras.

Following the tournament, Lincoln was scheduled to host Wheatland Tuesday.

JV _ Three players scored in double figures as the Fighting Zebras junior varsity overwhelmed Sutter 59-31.

Kaitlynn McKinney led Lincoln with 16 points. She was followed by Kelly Belding with 12 and freshman Destinee Perry scored 10.

“I saw some things like widening the floor and pushing the ball up the floor and being aggressive going to the basket,” said head coach and athletic director Donna Tofft of her team. “Good start,” Tofft added, “hopefully we can continue.”

The JV will also compete in the Oroville Tournament scheduled to run Thursday through Saturday.

Lincoln 53, Sutter 36

Huskies             8          9            6      14 – 37

Zebras            14        11        *15      13 – 53



Lincoln – Taylor Galli 2-10, 1-2, 7, Chantel Sharp 3-11, 0-1, 9, Karla McCommas 5-11, 3-7, 13, Cassandra Jaimes 2-12, 0-0, 4, Nakita Neel 0-0, 2-2, 2, Maureen Sarigumba 1-1, 0-0, 2, Gabriella Quezada 0-0, 2-2, 2.

3-Pt – Galli 2-5, Sharp 3-9, Federwisch 1-1. Reb – McCommas 9, Jaimes 8, Galli 6, Pisik 5. Stls – Galli 7.

Team Totals – 19-59, 8-14, 53. 3Pt – 6-19. Rebs – 38. Stls 18. Turnovers – 13.

*Two points were scored by a Sutter player.