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Zebras go cold in Christmas Classic

West Campus claims crown
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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It appeared the Lincoln High girls basketball team would win two of three in the Chavez Christmas Classic last week after outscoring Marysville 14-4 in the second quarter of the battle for third. But the Fighting Zebras’ shooting went into the deep freeze in quarter three, which helped the Indians seal the victory, 37-28, Saturday. Playing without the services of junior forward Cassandra Jaimes, competing in four games in five days took its toll on Lincoln. Post player Sarah Dargan kept the Zebras in the game with her rebounding, but fouled out with 5:49 left to play. Jaimes has been out for two weeks with a fractured foot. “Sarah Dargan, our main scorer and our other post player, she plays every minute of every game. It’s her third game in three days,” said Lincoln head coach Dan Hicks. “She’s played every minute and she’s just out of gas out there. She fouled out because she was tired and just didn’t want to play defense. I blame a lot of that on just being tired.” Senior point guard Elizabeth Magana did take up the slack in the fourth quarter scoring eight points down the stretch. Also a victim of fatigue, she couldn’t find the range from beyond the 3-point arc, although she did finish with 18 points in the contest. “I try to do as much as I can to try to help. I try to pass the ball to get it down court, but sometimes I have to take (the ball) myself,” said Magana as to the Zebras’ efforts to break Marysville’s press. “I think like me and Sarah (Dargan) and Kaitlin (Fischer) and the other seniors do a pretty good job of just keeping the team up.” Unofficially, the Zebras had 25 turnovers in the game. Senior leadership was discussed early on in the season. In the backcourt, Magana’s teammates are sophomores, Riley Sims and Kali Federwisch. Sims and Federwisch are good ball handlers, but weren’t able to help much with the scoring against the Indians. Sims had two points, and Federwisch only attempted three shots. Dargan was also unable to put points on the board. She did pull down eight rebounds, but scored just two points before fouling out. “We just don’t have a lot of scoring. We went from scoring 40-50 in the first couple games to the 20s,” said Hicks. “(Jaimes) makes a difference, not only because she scores a lot of points, but she attracts a lot of attention because she’s 5-10.” Hicks said the offense was originally built around having three guards and two post players. Now, without much practice time, the Zebras have tried to compete using four guards and one post player. Fischer stepped up her game to try and compensate for Jaimes’ absence. She scored four points and had five rebounds against Marysville, but she has to alternate between playing both post and the guard position. There is a good chance Jaimes will be back before Pioneer Valley League play begins. However, the club will again have to adjust the offense to include her in the rotation. Still, Jaimes will be a welcome addition and help bring the Zebras back to full strength. The loss dropped Lincoln to 2-5 on the season. They were scheduled to play Whitney, Tuesday, and then travel to Yuba City for a game, Thursday. Marysville 37, Lincoln 28 Indians 7 6 14 10 – 37 Zebras 2 14 2 10 – 28 West Campus 39, Lincoln 23 Lincoln 43, Yuba City 37