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Zebras test mettle against Rio Americano

Foundation Game helps raise scholarship money
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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The Lincoln High School girls varsity basketball team got a good look at what their season might bring in 2011-2012 during their Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Game against Rio Americano, Monday. Although the Raiders came away with a 45-33 win, the Fighting Zebras had reason for optimism. “For the most part, we’re looking good from last year to this year,” said Lincoln head coach Dan Hicks. “I think we’ve come miles as far as defense is concerned.” As for offense, senior guard Elizabeth Magana led the club with 15 points, including two 3-pointers, and two assists. Just behind her was senior post-player Sarah Dargan, who had eight points and seven rebounds. Dargan didn’t have any trouble keeping up with Rio Americano’s center, and said she is faster this year than last. She also felt Magana has come a long way, as well. “Liz had a hard year last year, and she’s gotten so much better this year driving,” Dargan said of her teammate. “She’s not afraid to take it to the basket.” The Zebras only made it to the free-throw line three times in the contest, but shot 3-6. They were stronger under the boards than the Raiders, but had trouble controlling the ball. Rio Americano seemed a step faster, and positioned themselves to gain a 31-19 rebounding edge. The Raiders also applied a full-court press for most of the game, and did a lot of trapping out front. However, Lincoln seemed to handle the pressure well. Magana said the press wasn’t that difficult to deal with, and Hicks was quite pleased with the play of his sophomore guards, Kaylee Avilla, and Riley Sims. Unofficially, the Zebras shot 35 percent from the floor, and were 2-11 beyond the 3-point arc. “I think we’ve totally gotten better from last year working together and fully doing our plays. We’re getting shots out of it,” said Magana. “We passed (the ball) and made the defense move. We handled (the press) pretty good.” Lincoln did commit 18 turnovers, and missed a number of shots underneath the basket. But overall, there wasn’t a downside that couldn’t be improved with practice. “We need to take care of the basketball better,” Hicks said. “(Rio Americano) got a lot of easy shots they maybe won’t get in a game that’s down the line.” Foundation Games raise money for scholarships and do not count against a participating team’s record. Lincoln High School Girls Basketball 2011-2012 Date Opponent Place Time Dec 1-2-3 Tournament (Fr) TBA TBA Dec 6 Sutter Sutter 4:30 pm Dec 8-9-10 Tournament Oroville TBA Dec 8-9-10 Tournament (JV) Oroville TBA Dec 8-9-10 Tournament (Fr) Del Campo TBA Dec 13 Woodcreek Woodcreek 4 pm Dec 15 Chavez Lincoln TBA Dec 16-17 Christmas Classic Lincoln TBA Dec 16-17 Christmas Classic Lincoln (JV) TBA Dec 20 Whitney Whitney 3 pm Dec 22 Yuba City Yuba City 4 pm Dec 28-29-30 Tournament Lincoln TBA Dec 28-29-30 Tournament (JV) Lincoln TBA Jan 2 Laguna Creek Laguna Creek 5:30 pm Jan 5 River Valley Lincoln 4 pm Jan 6 Marysville Marysville 5:30 pm Jan 10 Mesa Verde Mesa Verde 5:30 pm Jan 12 League begins