Lincoln County girls went 3-2 at the Serpent Classic last weekend in Hawthorne. It was the opening of the season for the Lady Lynx, who advanced to the state semi-finals last season.

The girls opened the tourney with a 59-19 win over Dayton, followed by a wide spread win over host Mineral County, then a loss to strong league rival White Pine. “They just flat outhustled us,” coach Lori Cheeney said. Lincoln then bounced back with a big win over Battle Mountain, and concluded with a 44-41 loss to unbeaten and last year’s state runner-up Pershing County.

“It is a good way to start the season because it shows you where you need to focus some more attention with your team. Shows you where your strong points are and where your weaknesses are,” Cheeney said.

“We have a deep bench and we work well together. We have good ball handlers and good shooters, and are quick on defense,” she said. ”But we definitely need to work more on rebounding and need to be in better shape. That really shows up when you play a couple of games a day, you can tell.”

She said the fatigue became very evident in the game with Pershing County. “We give everything we have, then we run out of gas and have nothing left. We have to be able to finish the game as strong as we start.”

Lincoln jumps right into league play this weekend with games on the road at Lake Mead and Mountain View, then a non-league meeting with Pahranagat Valley Dec. 17. Lincoln lost the game with PVHS last year, after winning five in a row.

The Lynx participate in another holiday tournament just before New Year’s, playing in the Canyon View Tournament in Cedar City, Utah