Overtime loss for Lincoln girls

Zebras to battle Oakmont for third
By: Brett Ransford, News Messenger Correspondent
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In an overtime loss the Lincoln High girls basketball team sank 51-47 to Cordova in its second tournament game of the Chavez Christmas Classic on its home court at Lincoln High School. Brooke Leedy led the game with her double-double, 19 points and 20 rebounds. On the offensive boards Leedy cleaned up after Lincoln’s struggling shooting all night. Down 28-22 at halftime the Zebras took the third quarter in a 19-3 blowout. They led by as many as 13 points at 41-28 on a 19-0 run through nearly seven straight minutes of the third. It was fourth quarter turnovers and fast break points by Cordova that forced the extra session. In overtime, the Zebras saw their first lead change since the third quarter run as they jumped ahead. Tied at 45-45 Cordova forced Lincoln into a technical foul for two free throws and a personal foul on the same play for a total of four shots. Down 51-47 with 26.9 seconds left Lincoln again turned the ball over and sent Cordova to the line. As neither shot fell Cordova made a steal with 12 seconds left and used back-to-back turnovers to hold their final margin of victory. “We missed layups and free throws,” said Zebra head coach Donna Tofft. “We didn’t come out fired up, we didn’t play hard in the first half and tried to comeback. We went from man to zone because we weren’t playing defense. We had our chances. One more basket and we win.” There were only two ties in the entire game, one forcing overtime and the other an 8-8 finish to the first quarter. There were also only two lead changes all game. Lincoln committed 22 fouls in the game. The snail pace of the first quarter was plagued by 11 fouls combined from both teams inside the first two minutes. Along with Leedy’s strong play was a solid performance by Nikoli Sharp. She was about the only Zebra able to hit shots from behind the three-point-line. Sharp finished with 11 points. In addition to scoring five points, Julia Lathrop had a monster block in the fourth quarter as Cordova tried to find a shot in the last seconds. Lincoln now plays Oakmont on Saturday for third place. Tofft said Oakmont has a strong team and she’ll make sure her girls are ready to keep up with the pace. “We’re going to have to scored points and be disciplined,” Tofft said. “They’re a good solid team with one major shooter we’re going to have to stop. We’ll need to crash the boards.”