The Lincoln girls team lost only two league games last year, both to rival Needles by a total of seven points.

But the Lady Lynx (14-5) still won the league title and the district championship by beating Needles in the tournament finals for their fourth consecutive district crown and a spot in the state tournament. However, they lost in the state semi-finals to eventual champion Incline.

This season, though, coach Lori Cheeney said her team is going to be strong again.

Kayla Mathews, Tanji Tibbetts, Kayla Cheeney, and Jill Katschke are the returning seniors on the team with Savannah Harr, Hannah Hafen, and Easton Tingey the returning juniors.

“I’m very excited about this year,” Cheeney said. “We have a lot of returning talent, some new talent, a really good group of girls who work really hard and have a good attitude. And we’ll have a strong bench as well.”

Lincoln opens the season this weekend at the Serpent Classic in Hawthorne. They play Dayton, Mineral County, White Pine, Battle Mountain, and Pershing County. Most of the same teams who participated last year.

Pershing County has been the Division III girls state champion three of the last four years, so the Lincoln girls will learn quite a bit about themselves from the outcome of the games in Hawthorne.

Calvary Chapel (13-7) and Needles (20-9) are expected to be the main competition for the Lincoln girls in Division III Southern Cheeney thinks. “And I expect The Meadows to be a little better this year, too. Every year that Frank (DeSantis) has been in charge of them, they’ve gotten better and better.”

After the Hawthorne tournament, the girls start league play. “We have four league games before Christmas, and one non-league game with Pahranagat Valley,” Cheeney said. League games will be at Lake Mead and Mt. View Dec. 12-13, and host Calvary and The Meadows Dec. 19-20.

Assistant coaches for Lincoln will be Richard Katschke, Chantel Holt, and John Anderson.