With tough opponents at the Steve Hodson Classic in Cedar City, the Lincoln County High School girls basketball team played hard but suffered their first losses of the year.

“We knew we were going to have to work to play in Utah, to step up our game. We knew it was going to be a good competition because they’re very intense and they play at a different level,” said Lincoln coach Ken Thornock.

The Lady Lynx took on three Utah schools in three days, Dec. 28-30. They first lost to Bryce Valley 44-31. “We didn’t come out ready to play mentally I don’t think,” Thornock said. “We got down early in the first half,” the score being 28-11. Kailey Kelly was the top scorer for LIncoln with seven points.

Lincoln next played Piute, in which they lost 60-40. “We had a lot of fouls called against us, where the other team shot 30 free throws. It was a really tough game that way,” Thornock said. Hannah Hafen led Lincoln with 14 points and 14 rebounds. “That’s a big thing right there to have a double double,” Thornock added.

The Lady Lynx (11-2) were able to leave the tournament on high note, defeating South Summit on Wednesday 46-33. They head to Mesquite to play Virgin Valley tomorrow at 4 p.m. They make the long trip to Needles on the 8th and then head to Laughlin on the 9th.