Zebras advance to championship game in Christmas Classic

Taylor Galli sparks offense
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Lincoln News Messenger
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The Lincoln High varsity girls basketball team will defend their home court in Saturday’s Chavez Christmas Tournament championship game, defeating Yuba City 53-44 Friday to advance.

Early in the second period, the Zebras enjoyed a 20-5 lead. Sophomore guard Taylor Galli orchestrated a successful start for the Fighting Zebras, collecting two assists and five points in the run.

But the Honkers fought back, pulling out a 16-5 run before the half.

As the second half got under way, the Honkers continued their pressure, eventually taking the lead midway through the period.

The Zebras struggled to find a rhythm, shooting 4-for-24 from the floor and 0-for-9 beyond the arch.  

In the final period, Galli picked up where she had left off in the first. She started the Zebras’ scoring with a field goal and ensuing foul shot.

Karla McCommas hit two free throws to take back the Zebras’ lead. Two possessions later, Cassandra Pisik nailed Lincoln’s first 3-pointer since the first period to seal the game.

Cassandra Jaimes led the Zebras in scoring for the second straight night, finishing with 13 points.

Lincoln will play in the final game of the Chavez Christmas Tournament against Oroville.

Game 3

After four periods, Oakmont and Oroville still needed another four minutes to decide a winner. Oroville removed themselves from mistakes in the overtime period, capturing a championship berth with an 84-80 win.

A 3-pointer from Oakmont guard Olivia Francis tied the game at 70-70 with a minute left to play.

Both defenses kept out any chances for an inside shot, whoever wanted this game needed to make a shot beyond the arch. Oroville attempted and missed on one occasion, while Oakmont missed on three.

In the overtime period, Oakmont’s Sydney Sattleberg’s 3-pointer gave the Vikings a four-point lead with less than two minutes to play.

But Oroville turned around the momentum, scoring on their next four possessions and taking back the lead.

Both teams combined to score over 160 points, almost 100 of which were scored after halftime.

As the teams walked off the court, the Lincoln High Zebras and Yuba City Honkers joined in the standing ovation on behalf of the two teams.

Game 2

Forest Lake Christian will advance to Saturday’s consolation championship game after defeating Rio Linda 60-38.

Rio Linda grabbed any early lead to start Friday’s game, but Falcons’ guard Hannah Allington put up 13 points in the first period to help Forest Lake take control of the game.

Allington finished her night with 25 points to lead Forest Lake.

The Falcons will play a West Campus’ team that has allowed the lowest 73 points in a two game span, the lowest of any team.

Game 1

West Campus defeated Sacramento Waldorf by the score of 69-26, holding the Waves to under eight points in each quarter.

For the second-straight game, Sacramento Waldorf committed over 30 turnovers, a number of which came as a result of inbound passing.

West Campus applied pressure on both the offensive and defensive ends. Midway through the second period, the Warriors grabbed a double-digit lead and carried it to the final buzzer.

Lincoln High School

Girls Basketball Tournament

Chavez Christmas Classic

Friday’s Results

West Campus 69, Sacramento Waldorf 26

Forest Lake 60, Rio Linda 38

Oroville 84, Oakmont 80

Lincoln 53, Yuba City 44

Honkers           5          16        14        9 – 44

Zebras            16        7          8          22 – 53


Yuba City – 14-52, 9-14, 44. 3 Pts. 5-24. Turnovers 22.

Lincoln – 16-62, 19-32, 53. 3 Pts. 2-18. Turnovers 13.

Saturday’s Games

2:30 p.m. – Rio Linda vs. Sacramento Waldorf

4 p.m. – Forest Lake vs. West Campus

5:30 p.m. -–Yuba City vs. Oakmont

7 p.m. – Lincoln vs. Oroville