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Zebras still looking for first league victory

Foothill, Placer notch wins
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Lincoln News Messenger
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With each team looking to notch their first win in Pioneer Valley League competition, the Lincoln varsity girls basketball team were unable to maintain and early lead and fell to Foothill 36-30 .

With the unfortunate distinction of being the only winless team in the PVL standings, the Fighting Zebras (0-4) still have a handful of games to turn around their season.

Last Friday’s game started well enough for Lincoln when point guard Taylor Galli found Cassandra Jaimes on top of the key for a 3-pointer.

The Zebras continued to roll as Jaimes found Karla McCommas for a layup and Galli drained a 3-pointer on an assist from Megan Flores to cap the second and third possessions of the game.

But the Mustangs kept on the heels of the Zebras and by periods end trailed by one.

The night seemed primed for an offensive shootout, but defensive efforts by both clubs assumed control as the game wore on.

Heading into the locker room, Lincoln shot 2-for-13 from the floor in the second period, after a 5-10 performance in the opening frame.

Foothill suffered from a quick turnaround in shooting as well. The Mustangs went from 5-15 in the first quarter to 2-17 in the second.

The Mustangs opened the half with a lead-changing field goal by Elisha Anderson. From that point forward, the Zebras were unable to retake the scoreboard.

Late in the final period, Cassandra Pisik’s put-back score ended a 0-for-10 slump and brought the Zebras to within two.

But Foothill’s Holly Woodberry sealed the game with two field goals, as the Zebras turned the ball over twice and went scoreless to end the night.

On a night where the Zebras shot 3-21 in the second half, head coach Dan Hicks spoke frankly in a brief post-game interview.

“When your scoring 30 to 33 points a game, you’re not going to beat anyone,” said Hicks. “We had bad shot selection and when we did have a shot, we weren’t able to get it to go into the basket.”

PLACER 47, LINCOLN 32

The visiting Lady Hillmen held the Zebras to 32 last week and kept them in a tie with Bear River (4-1) in the PVL standings.

A majority of Lincoln’s games will now be played on the road, including a three-game trip to end the season against Placer (Jan. 31), Colfax (Feb. 7), and a rematch with Foothill (Feb. 11), to close the season.

FOOTHILL 36, LINCOLN 30

Mustangs        12        6          10        8 – 36

Zebras            13        6          6          5 – 30

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Foothill – 15-58, 5-8, 36, 3Pt 1-17. Lincoln – 10-44, 6-17, 30, 3Pt 4-16.

Turnovers – Foothill 11, Lincoln 9.

 

TEAM LEADERS

Jaimes 4-14, 2-7, 12, 3Pt 2-7, McCommas 2-9, 2-6, 6. Pisik 2-7, 0-0, 4, 3Pt 0-2.

Assists – Galli 5, McCommas 2, Pisik 2, Jaimes 1.

 

HOME GAMES

Jan. 29 – Bear River, 7 pm (last home game)