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Lincoln will close season at home Friday

Zebras will face Mesa Verde, a team it crushed in first round of league action
By: Russ Edmondson, The News Messenger
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Lincoln High’s varsity girls basketball team lost 66-39 at Placer on Friday night, dropping the Zebras to 1-9 in Pioneer Valley League play. The Zebras (8-17 overall) hosted Colfax (14-11, 7-3 in the PVL) on Wednesday night and will host Mesa Verde (1-24, 0-10) at 7:30 p.m. Friday to close the season. Lincoln’s lone win of the league season came at Mesa Verde on Jan. 22 as the Zebras rolled 62-22. Colfax topped Lincoln 56-35 when the teams met in the first round of league play. Placer (8-15, 5-5) led 43-18 at the half and won the second half 23-21 on Friday. Seniors Julia Lathrop (20 points) and Brooke Leedy (11) led the Lincoln offense. Lincoln was without Morgan Stewart, as the senior forward jammed her finger in practice the day before. “We were playing so well, I thought we could sneak up and get a three-game winning streak (in the second half of league play),” Lincoln coach Donna Tofft said. “We didn’t have Morgan and we just came out flat (against Placer). It was just like ‘uh-oh’. Morgan may not score a whole lot but she is kind of our defensive intensity (leader) and they were not as hyped up as they needed to be.” Tofft was pleased with the second half. “We didn’t back down. I like the way we responded in the second half,” Tofft said. “But you could just tell in the pre-game talk that we were different, we were not there. Was it (because of) Morgan (being out)? I don’t know. “(Placer was) just faster and quicker and we didn’t play with the usual aggressiveness – especially on defense.” Lincoln’s Shannar Everts and Jasmine Yepez did impress Tofft with their defensive effort. Lincoln lost 48-39 at Bear River (19-5, 8-2) two nights earlier. The Zebras led 13-9 after one quarter but trailed 24-18 at the half. Leedy (14 points), Stewart (10), Lathrop (eight) and Nikoli Sharp (six) led the Lincoln offense.