Zebras rebound for third in annual Invitational

Lincoln tops Pittsburg 71-63
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Girls Basketball Preseason Standings

Team         Record                SOS

Lincoln      (0-0, 11-5)          2.6

Ponderosa (0-0, 9-5)             1.0

Placer         (0-0, 9-7)            13.4

Nev. Union (0-0, 9-8)           12.8

Oakmont   (0-0, 5-9)            4.0

Rio Linda (0-0, 5-10)          3.0

SOS: Strength of Schedule


Although Grant proved too tall of an order for the Lincoln High girls basketball team in their annual Invitational Tournament last week, the Fighting Zebras came back to secure third place by beating Pittsburg 71-63.

Lincoln’s Kalyna Kim had the hot hand and poured in 20 points in the game.

The Zebras jumped out to a 26-11 lead in the first quarter and rallied again in the final frame to outscore the Pirates 17-9 and secure the victory.

Keegan Linke went hard to the boards to pull down 17 rebounds and dropped in three 3-points shots just for good measure. Maleika Ashe had 11 points, shooting 5-8 from the free-throw line and she had nine rebounds.

Linke and Kim were named to the all-tournament team.

Grant 71, Lincoln 63

The Zebras ran out to a 23-15 lead in quarter one, but led just 36-33 at the half. The Pacers took over in the second half thanks to 27 points from sophomore Diamond Richardson.

Grant’s center Ali Edwards also made life miserable whenever Lincoln tried to drive to the hoop. The Zebras did go outside for seven 3-pointers, but finished shooting just 24 percent from long range.

In spite of the Pacers’ height advantage, Linke took 25 caroms off the glass and she had five steals.

Kim scored 19 in the game, Ashe 13 and Charlize Lemus 10.

Lincoln 76, Vallejo 13

Whether it was the Zebras’ offense or their defense, the Redhawks did not stand a chance.

Twelve Lincoln players scored in the contest and the most points the Zebras gave up in any quarter was five.

Kim scored 19 and Linke led the team in rebounding, grabbing a dozen of the Zebras’ 46 total.

Lincoln’s final home non-conference game will be against former Pioneer Valley League foe Center Friday starting at 7 p.m. The Zebras will begin Foothill Valley League play Wednesday at home against Oakmont.

“As far as league, we are focused on improving our team-play each opportunity we have,” Lincoln head coach Amy Avila wrote in an email.