Lincoln County High boys basketball finished 2-1 at the Virgin Valley Tournament last weekend, December 6-8.
“I think the tournament went pretty well,” coach Sean FitzSimons said. “Obviously, we wanted to get in the championship and win it, but that didn’t happen. Two and one is the next best result that I think we could’ve had. We played some physical teams. I’m very proud of the boys and their efforts. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but I can tell that we are improving, even in this tournament compared to the Yuma tournament.”
The Lynx first went up against the team that ending up winning the entire tournament, Sierra Vista.
Lincoln did what they could, but Sierra Vista would not let them catch a break. Every quarter, the point deficit grew, and Lincoln lost, 82-48.
Sophomore Cody Zile had 13 points. Sophomore Kobe Kelley scored 11, as did senior Alex Vincent.
FitzSimons said, “I think we scouted them okay; they were just that much faster than us. It was a shocker that we had them in the first round, but it was a good experience for us. We probably won’t see another team like that for the rest of the year.”
The next day, the Lynx played Virgin Valley and were down 28-19 at the half before battling back in the third quarter. They held Virgin Valley to nine points and almost doubled their own score.
In the fourth quarter, the Lynx finally took the lead and held on to win 56-51.
Zile had 15 points, Vincent had 14, and Senior Noah Smith scored 13.
“As a team, being resilient was kind of the mode of this game. We were down at halftime, made some adjustments, and came out to play a lot better defense. I was proud of the team and how they responded to our challenge at halftime to play tough man-to-man defense,” said FitzSimons.
Lincoln took down Pahrump 51-41 in the final game of the tourney.
Zile had 22 points and Kelley had 14.
FitzSimons said, “Again, we didn’t give up, and we were able to close them out without ever giving up the lead. These are just some things we’re working on in the preseason that will help us.”
Lincoln County traveled to Cedar City to play Cedar High School on Wednesday, Dec. 12. They play Meadows at home on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.
CAPTION – Kristina Lloyd
Lincoln County High School sophomore Cody Zile goes for the layup against Virgin Valley.