Oakmont girls edge Lincoln at Chavez tourney

OT victory over host team puts Vikes in third place
By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Its second straight loss in overtime left the Lincoln High girls basketball team in fourth place in its own tournament Saturday. The latest loss, 43-40, came at the hands of Oakmont, who captured third place in the tourney. The Zebras (4-3) came up just short once again as the Vikings (6-4) made the plays its needed. Oakmont took third place for the second consecutive weekend, having done so in the Roseville Rotary Tournament and now the Chavez Christmas Classic. Still missing Pauline Parker and Brianne Morin, the Vikings spread their offense between their starters. Oakmont shot 6-of-12 from the free-throw line in four quarters and improved to 5-of-6 in overtime to close out the game. There were 11 total steals from both teams in the game along with 26 turnovers by Lincoln and 18 turnovers by Oakmont. Jessica Scott led the game with her double-double, 13 points and 12 rebounds. Gina Spino had all eight first quarter points for the Vikings. She finished the game with 11 points, four rebounds and two assists running the point. Sabrina Ali was the force inside against Lincoln’s Brooke Leedy. In Lincoln’s previous overtime loss, Leedy had 19 points and 20 rebounds. Ali and Scott held her to just five points and seven rebounds. Ali finished with nine points and four boards. Shelby Kelch scored seven points and ripped down eight rebounds in an impressive starting performance for the Vikings. “We made sure that Leedy struggled for every inch of the court that she wanted,” said Viking head coach Al Voigt. “At halftime I told them to be patient with the ball and on defense to be aggressive. We made some aggressive plays that we picked up fouls on, but we still needed to be aggressive. We were tired and we should have pressed more. We have two more games before league and we need to get healthy. I’d love to have one game where we have 10 players out here.” Parker is set to have her cast removed Monday night and Voigt said she hopes to be playing Tuesday. Whether she actually does is unlikely as Voigt says he will transition her back into healthy play. Morin is under doctor recommendation to wait a week after headaches stop before beginning play again. Monday she suffered a concussion and possibly looks to return next week. The Zebras saw a different offensive game than against Cordova. Their scoring was spread out over more players off the bench as well as starters. Leedy was double-teamed every chance she received the ball in the low post. With Leedy not as big of a role in the game, Morgan Stewart was the team leader. Stewart finished with 12 points and nine rebounds as one of the toughest players in the tournament. Following behind Stewart was Nikoli Sharp with seven points. Julia Lathrop had six points and Brittany Ramos had five points. “For everyone being as tired as they were it was hard,” said Zebra coach Donna Tofft. “I like the effort and we just came up a basket short here and there or a bounce pass here or a bounce pass there. We had the drives, but we just didn’t get the baskets. It’s not easy to say we’ve lost twice in overtime, but we’re getting better. We didn’t back down and we stayed together and played hard.”