Snow and cold weather in Cedar City, Utah was not the problem for the Lincoln County girls basketball team at the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic in Cedar City Dec. 29-31, but foul trouble did create some problems.
Coach Lori Cheeney said there were “2 or 3 inches of new snow on the ground in the morning and it is still coming down, so it’s difficult getting around.”
But on the basketball court, the Lincoln girls were getting around quite well in their first game of the tournament Monday night.
“We played Grantsville, Utah, (3-7, a town near the south end of the Great Salt Lake) and beat them 56-43. We were ahead by about 14 points at halftime, but in the third quarter we came out a little slow and they tightened it up to about four points. But we pulled away in the fourth quarter.”
Savannah Harr had 13 points, and Kayla Mathews added 16 points as the Lynx had spread the scoring between 10 of the 12 players. “Even the girls that were not scoring, were rebounding. It was a very good balanced effort,” Cheeney said.
On Tuesday, Lincoln (9-3) played Millard County, Utah and won a close game 44-41. “We had a really strong third quarter and then kind of fizzled out and committed a lot of fouls in the last quarter and gave them a chance,” Cheeney said. “They (Millard) were 7-for-9 in the final period and we were only 2-for-4,” she said.
Savannah Harr had 16 for the Lynx and Kayla Mathews added 12.
Powell had 16 for Millard.
In the final game, Canyon View topped the Lady Lynx 45-38. “We had foul problems again, but we got a lot of good shots, but they just weren’t going down for us. We were missing the 2, 3, and 4 foot shots.”
Mathews had 13 points to lead Lincoln.
“It’s good to play against those Utah teams. They are usually a lot more physical than some of the teams we face here in the south, except maybe White Pine,” Cheeney said. “Helps us get ready for league.”
The next home games for the Lincoln girls (8-3, 4-0) are this Friday with co-league leader Needles (12-4, 4-0), and Saturday with Laughlin (5-5, 1-2). The Laughlin game is at Noon.
Lincoln hosts White Pine (10-0, 4-0) on Tuesday Jan. 13.