The Pahranagat Valley High basketball team traveled to Panaca to meet the Lincoln County Lynx in the Rick Phillips Gym on Dec. 19. The Lynx held off the Panthers for a 53-45 win.
The Panthers won the tip off but Lincoln sophomore forward McClain O’Connor opened the scoring with a three-pointer. The Lynx would pull into the early lead after O’Connor hit his second three pointer of the period to make the score 8-0.
Pahranagat Valley opened with a very fast-paced game that was successful in drawing five Lincoln fouls early in the first period, but were not successful in scoring at the faster pace.
After slowing the pace, the Panthers were able to close the Lynx lead to two, ending the first period with a score of 11-9 in favor of Lincoln. Pahranagat would tie the game at 14 with 6:24 remaining in the second.
A technical foul was called on the Panthers after Lincoln County guard Cameron Frehner fouled Jordan Cryts with a hold and was pushed down drawing the foul. Pahranagat Valley was able to close to within thee with 4:28 left in the fourth, but the Lynx would hold on for the win by a score of 53-45.
O’Connor scored 15 points and Kevin Jacques added anther 12 for the Lynx.
Wade Leavitt led the Pahranagat Valley effort with 12 points.
The following night, Dec. 20, Pahranagat played at The Meadows. The taller and spirited Mustangs hammered the Panthers to the tune of 58-28.
Jake Epstein scored 14 points, and Eric Hirsberg added 11 points for Meadows, who are expected to be a strong contender in the Division III ranks.
Christian Higbee had 13 points for Pahranagat Valley.
The Panthers play next this Saturday at Eureka with the game expected to be streamed live on www.lctsys.com at 5:30.
Next up for Lincoln County is tonight’s home game with White Pine Bobcats. Coverage for the game will be in the Jan. 3 issue of the Record.
The first game of the new year is against Calvary Chapel in Panaca on Jan. 7, with high school principal Marty Soderborg doing the webcast on www.lctsys.com.