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Zebras claim third straight victory

Lincoln tops Marysville 49-36
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Lincoln High’s varsity girls basketball team topped visiting Marysville 49-36 Tuesday night for its third consecutive victory. The Zebras (3-2) won at Mira Loma 45-38 on Dec. 3 and topped visiting Lindhurst 52-37 on Monday. Now the schedule gets a little tougher as Lincoln will participate in a tournament at Oroville from Thursday through Saturday. The Zebras will play Corning at 3:30 p.m. in the tournament opener Thursday. “After tonight (Marysville game) it gets a lot tougher,” Lincoln’s Paul Ackerman said. “Corning will be one of the better teams we play all year.” Marysville (0-5) was no match for Lincoln Tuesday and when the Zebras pressed the Indians had trouble getting the ball past half-court. Ackerman still thought his team could have played better against the winless Indians. “Our mindset is we want to be the aggressor,” Ackerman said. “Teams have to play up to our game – we don’t play down to theirs. And that’s why I was a little disappointed tonight.” Sophomore point guard Bailey Humes scored eight of her 10 points in the first four minutes of the game to lead the Zebras in scoring. Junior guard Stephanie Dowd scored nine points off the bench. “We’re getting better. The team is coming together as a team . . . everyone gets along pretty well,” Humes said. “We hope to go the playoffs – that would be exciting. But we have a lot of work to do.” This is Ackerman’s first season as the coach at Lincoln and he likes what he has on his team. “I have a bunch of girls that put out maximum effort. We have to learn how to play the game but this team will get better with each game and each practice,” he said. “(Junior forward) Brooke (Leedy) is our energy and (senior guard) Sara (Godbee) is an energy player. I told Sara ‘I know you don’t know who this is but we need a Vinnie The Microwave Johnson (and she is it).” Johnson is a former NBA player for the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics whose hustle was legendary in the 1980s and early 1990s. Humes (11 points), Nikoli Sharp (10) and Julia Lathrop (10) led Lincoln’s offense in the victory over Lindhurst on Monday. Sharp scored 10 points in the victory over Mira Loma while Tatiana Stephenson had eight and Morgan Stewart and Lathrop scored seven each. Humes scored six points. Lathrop also had 13 rebounds and three steals while Humes had six boards and three steals. Stewart collected five rebounds and four steals. Following the tournament in Oroville, the Zebras will host Golden Sierra at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Junior Varsity Lincoln is 5-0 on the season and it will also play in the Oroville tournament that starts Thursday. The Zebras dominated Marysville 46-14 Tuesday night. “We have a good team and it’s very aggressive,” Lincoln coach Donna Tofft said. “I’ve put in the press and we’ve been very good with that. We have a good, solid core.” The core includes Diana Ruiz, Samantha Kelly, Mikenna Kossow, Desi Kawas, Emily McKinnon and Jasmine Yepez among others. “We’re really short but they’ve been playing big,” Tofft said. “I’ve been asking some of the short people to play in the post.” Tofft thinks Lincoln will be in the top half of the PVL this season and that this tournament “will be a good test for us.”