By Marinda Lamb
The Lincoln County High School girls basketball team is going to regionals this weekend as the one seed after two solid wins to finish the regular season last weekend at home.
Democracy Prep gave Lincoln a good test in the Friday evening matchup, but the Lady Lynx prevailed, 48-42.
Both teams battled in the first quarter with Lincoln ahead 9-8 going into the second.
Then the Lady Lynx picked it up offensively. Senior Kailey Kelley stole Democracy’s first pass, and sophomore Sadie Soderborg passed to senior Brooklyn Hafen for a layup, the first points of 22 for Lincoln that quarter. Later, Junior KyLee Cameron came off the bench and made a short jumper. Junior Kendra Mathews added two points with a jump shot. Democracy appeared flustered by Lincoln’s defense and their inability to make a shot, scoring only five points in the quarter.
However, Democracy came back from halftime reignited, and outscored Lincoln by six points in the third quarter, making the score 39-27 going into the fourth.
Democracy continued to gain on Lincoln’s lead in the final period. However, the game was sealed when Hafen made a layup and was fouled. After that, Democracy could not seem to pull anything together.
Soderborg had 17 points, senior Brynlee Wadsworth had 13, and Hafen had 10.
“We just came out and played hard defense,” Coach Raymond Wadsworth said. “The girls worked hard and got good shots and didn’t panic.”
The Lady Lynx ended the regular season with a big win over Laughlin. It was also senior night. Lincoln got moving right away and didn’t allow Laughlin to score until the second quarter. The Lady Lynx didn’t let up, beating Laughlin 57-18.
Kelley had 15 points. Wadsworth had 12.
Wadsworth talked about his team’s success this year.
“They work hard in practice, they play hard. We’ve had some of the younger girls step up and play real good in some crucial moments for us. I’m looking forward to zone and state. This weekend I’m planning on winning zone. We’ve just got to do the basic stuff, and we’re going to win.”
Today, Lincoln (22-3 overall, 16-0 league) heads to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. The team plays Calvary (12-10, 9-7) to see who qualifies for the state tournament.