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PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

Zebras come from behind to silence Honkers

Lincoln to host Invitational Dec 27-29
By: Joshua Gutierrez/News Messenger Correspondent
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For the second time in less than a week, the Lincoln varsity girls basketball team came from behind to defeat Yuba City, 61-55. The Zebras now boast a record of 7-3 on the season.

Sophomore point-guard Taylor Galli took control of the Zebras’ offense. She had 12 assists and scored six points in last Thursday’s win.

Galli’s efforts helped spark a team performance that led to double-digit scoring by  Cassandra Jaimes (15), Karla McCommas (13), and Chantel Sharp (13).

Lincoln head coach Dan Hicks remarked as to Galli’s ever-improving performance and her composure under duress.

“She’s a sophomore point guard running a varsity team right now,” said Hicks. “She’s figuring it out, she’s doing great.”

A team effort was definitely needed as the undersized Honkers put pressure on the Zebras with timely scoring and quick attacks to the basket. Yuba City’s Money Kaur played an exceptional game scoring 19 points in the first three quarters.

With the help of Kaur’s play, the Honkers jumped out to an 11-point lead in the third period. Yuba City capitalized on Lincoln’s inability to recover rebounds.

Hicks then made a subtle defensive change and had Sharp guard Kaur. That moved proved to be crucial in sparking the Zebras’ comeback. After that change, Kaur attempted only one shot and missed.

On offense, Sharp demonstrated precision on the perimeter. Three times, Galli was able to feed the ball to Sharp for a shot beyond the arc. None was bigger than the one she hit that gave Lincoln a four point lead with less than a minute to play.

 The duo of Sharp and Galli came through in a big way. But Yuba City’s head coach Bob Brown was also impressed with Hick’s use of Jaimes below the basket.

“Their tall girl,” said Brown in good humor after the game. “They kept feeding it to her down low. I would have done the same thing.”

Jaimes led the Zebras in scoring with 13 of her 15 points coming in the second half. A perpetual presence under the basket, Jaimes also had double-digit rebounds on the night.

With the Zebras boasting a current home record of 6-1, Galli spoke for a team that looks to remain hot entering the New Year.

“It’s going to be amazing,” said Galli. “Varsity hasn’t been this good for a long time; it’s going to be fun.”

After a brief holiday break, the Lady Zebras will try and resume their win streak at home in the Lincoln Invitational Tournament set to kick off Dec. 27.

Lincoln 61, Yuba City 55

Honkers          15        14        18          8 – 55

Zebras            14        9          16        22 – 61

TEAM LEADERS

Jaimes 5-17, 4-9, 15, 3Pts 1-3. McCommas 6-15, 1-2, 13, 3Pts. Sharp 4-7, 2-2, 13, 3Pts 3-5.

TEAM STATISTICS

Yuba City – 20-58, 8-13, 55. 3Pts 6-21. Turnovers 17.

Lincoln – 21-66, 12-22, 61. 3pts 5-13. Turnovers 11.