A good start, albeit an early start to Division III Southern League play for the Lincoln County girls last weekend.
“We’re not used to starting league play so early,” said Coach Lori Cheeney. “I’m used to not starting until we’ve have six or seven non-league games, but this year we had to jump right into it. So, it is a little different because we are not yet developed as much as we normally are and working some kinks out when we start league play. So, we’ll work out the kinks through the league play.”
At Lake Mead, sophomore Kristal Jackson, along with Savannah Harr and Hannah Hafen each had 10 points at the Lady Lynx topped the Eagles 56-25.
Savannah Schmidt led Lake Mead with 18 points.
“We have several younger players on the team,” Cheeney said, “so it took us a while to get going, but once we pull ahead good, we’re able to give them some quality playing time, which is important to us because we really want to develop the younger ones.”
Some players have been out with illness Cheeney said, “so we’ve been juggling things around, and haven’t really set a firm starting five yet. Pretty early in the season.”
Cheeney said Jackson, as an inside post player at 5-11, “gets a lot of rebounds and a lot of put backs.”
On Saturday at Mountain View, Jackson again led a balanced attack with 11 points as the Lynx beat the Saints 55-35. Tanji Tibbitts had 10 points for Lincoln County.
Kiley Murphy led Mountain View with 15 points, and teammate Rose Adkins had 12.
This week, Lincoln (4-2) had a non-league game at Pahranagat Valley on Wednesday, then host Calvary Chapel (3-2) and The Meadows (3-2) this Friday and Saturday. “A busy week,” Cheeney said.
After Christmas, the girls participate in the Canyon View tournament in Cedar City, Utah Dec. 29-31. They will play one game each day. “It’s a big tournament with lots of Utah teams,” said Cheeney. “We’ve been going to it all four years I have coached.” Lincoln was 1-2 at the tourney last year.