The Lincoln County High School girls basketball team fought hard against Calvary Chapel in Panaca Jan. 8, but fell short, 47-39.
Turnovers hurt the Lynx badly in the game, as the team gave up the ball 41 times, which turned into easy baskets for the Lions. Calvary only had 16 turnovers for the game.
Neither team scored for the first couple of minutes, until Calvary Chapel finally took the lead. Senior Kendra Mathews made a few foul shots to keep the Lynx within striking distance. Junior Sadie Soderborg added a three-pointer; however, points off turnovers helped Calvary build a first-half lead.
The game began to heat up in the third quarter, with Lincoln narrowing the lead, but the turnover disparity was too much for the Lynx to overcome.
Fouls were another issue for both teams, with a total of 59 free throws attempted during the game. Sixteen of Lincoln’s points came from the foul line.
Mathews shot 11-of-18 from the line and finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and two steals. Junior Hailey Hooge scored nine points, and had 11 rebounds and a block.
Soderborg scored seven points with six rebounds, four steals, an assist and two blocks.
The loss dropped Lincoln to 5-8 overall and 3-2 in league play. The team next plays in Las Vegas on Friday against Mountain View Christian (0-9, 0-5) at 5 p.m. The Lynx then play Lake Mead (4-5, 3-3) in Henderson the following day at 1:30 p.m.