Kristina Lloyd
Lincoln County High School sophomore Kobe Kelley looks to score off a Meadow defender.

Lincoln played Cedar High School last Wednesday and fell 80-54.

Sophomore Cody Zile had 18 points. Senior Alex Vincent had 16.

Coach Sean Fitzsimons said, “It was a learning experience. It was our first game with a lot of people injured, but that’s no excuse. We put it on the schedule because we wanted some of that Region 9 exposure to open their eyes to what a hostile environment looks like. We didn’t give up. We battled, but it was an interesting game. We knew it’d be a tough game, but we could get better for league play.”

The boys played a tight league game at home against The Meadows School Saturday and came up just short, losing 60-54.

Lincoln started out with a strong first quarter. Alex Vincent made a three-point shot and scored again with an assist from Kobe Kelley. Even so, Meadows came out ahead, 12-10.

The score stayed neck-and-neck at the start of the second half. Matt Hafen hit a three to tie it up at 32. Kelley splashed a 3-pointer, and the team tightened up on defense to take the lead.

At the beginning of the fourth, Lincoln was up, 44-38 but Meadows quickly retook the lead and held on for the win.

Matt Hafen finished with 12 points to lead the Lynx while Noah Smith, Kelley and Vincent all had 11.

FitzSimons said, “It was a winnable game. I thought we had them. We had a few missed shots down the stretch and some mental lapses. There were some self-inflicted wounds on defense. We lost track of their best player a couple times, but I was proud of the kids. The effort was there.”