The Placer girls basketball team proved to be too much for another Foothill Valley League challenger in Lincoln and took down the Zebras Tuesday night on the road, 54-47.
Going into the game, the Fighting Zebras were coming off a 57-46 loss against Nevada Union while the Lady Hillmen were coming off a 55-30 win against Ponderosa.
“We have to play like we have in practice,” said Lincoln head coach Amy Avila before the game. “Rebounding and converting on the easy shots will be very important.”
Placer came into the matchup on a five-game win streak. During that stretch, they managed to hold opponents to under 40 points per game.
“It’s going to take a lot of effort controlling (Kalyna Kim) and (Keegan Linke) as they are both prolific scorers,” said Placer head coach Tony Camillucci before the game. “We will also need good helpside defense, pretty much continue what we have been doing.”
Both teams began the game strong on defense, and on offense it was Kim for Lincoln who shined early with six points in the first quarter en route to a 17-point performance.
The shots began to fall as sophomore Charlize Lumas and junior Carolyn McCommas scored for the Zebras in the second quarter. But Placer managed to get its offense rolling and take a 30-25 lead into halftime.
The Lady Hillmen maintained the lead throughout the third quarter before Lincoln went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 39 early in the fourth. Lincoln never managed to gain the lead as Delaney Keddie hit multiple jumpers for Placer in the fourth quarter en route to a 22-point performance.
“We stayed composed and fought until the end,” said Keddie after the game.
The win brings Placer to 5-0 in the FVL and 15-7 on the season. For Lincoln, the loss drops the team to 16-7 overall and 3-2 in league play.
“We just need to execute plays, hit shots and rotate better on defense,” said Kim after the game.
Placer travels to Nevada Union (4-1) to take on the Miners Thursday while Lincoln will travel to Oakmont (0-4) to take on the Vikings.
Lincoln takes down Miners in nail-biter
The Lincoln High boys basketball team took down the Nevada Union Miners last Thursday night by a score of 54-50 with the help of a 20-point performance by freshman Jake Overbay.
“We played as a team and played smart,” said Overbay after the game. “We need to take it one game at a time and look at every game as the biggest game of our season.”
The Fighting Zebras are currently 16-6 on the season and 4-0 in the Foothill Valley League. They will be taking on the Oakmont Vikings Friday night at home before heading to Ponderosa on Wednesday. The Vikings are currently 1-3 in the FVL.