File photo Lincoln’s All-Southern League Player of the Year Savannah Harr, left and Hannah Hafen (15) both return for the Lady Lynx. First Team selection Easton Tingey is also returning for Lincoln.

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Lincoln’s All-Southern League Player of the Year Savannah Harr, left and Hannah Hafen (15) both return for the Lady Lynx. First Team selection Easton Tingey is also returning for Lincoln.

Determination: the word that rarely fails to make it in to inspirational speeches around the world. It is what the Lincoln County High School girls basketball team has this year.

Determination to win state.

It is what makes new head coach Ken Thornock confident in his team. “We are doing really well,” he said. “This team has every opportunity to be right there at the end.”

The coach added, “We absolutely want to win. We want to win state.”

The Lady Lynx will miss the contributions of four seniors from last year’s team, including All-League Second Teamer Kayla Mathews. But six players are coming back. Returning as seniors are All-Southern League Player of the Year Savannah Harr and First Team selection Easton Tingey, as well as Hannah Hafen. The only returning junior is Kristal Jackson. And two returning as Sophomores are Brinnley Wadsworth and Kalie Kelly. Two other varsity additions will be juniors Cameron Lloyd and Emily Rowe.

The coach will also bring a couple J.V. players up during games in order to have 10 on the bench.

Lincoln is coming off a solid season last year, going 19-7 overall and 13-3 in Division III Southern League Play. The season ended with a regional semifinals loss to White Pine.

“We have decent size, we have good speed, we’ve got great attitudes and they proved themselves last year,” Thornock said. “So this year they have every ability to be in that state championship game. But we’re going to take it one game at a time, and we’re going to go one week at a time.”

The season gets underway this weekend with the Lake Mead Holiday Classic tournament in Henderson.