Lincoln County High girls basketball finished off its regular season with a win against Lake Mead at home, Feb. 16.
It was the last home game for seniors Kendra Mathews and Keely Jackson as well as junior Hailey Hooge, who will be attending Foothill High School in the spring.
The outgoing players got their final home win, 42-21.
Coach Duane Wadsworth said, “We just played good. They worked hard, ran the plays good. They were disciplined, played some hard man-to-man defense and shot the ball good.”
The coach said the third quarter was kind of rough, “but we picked it up in the fourth quarter. They just worked hard.”
Lincoln dominated the second they got on the court. Macie Howard and Mathews made the first couple points, followed by a jump shot from Jackson. Right before the buzzer, Gwen Lamb stole the ball and made a fast break for the hoop. She made the layup for a 10-point lead. The second quarter followed suit.
By the third quarter, Lincoln had the lead, 27-11. Then Lake Mead began to fight harder for the ball. Even so, Lincoln ultimately won easily.
Mathews led the scoring with 16 points. Junior Sadie Soderborg had 11 points, and Lamb had six.
Now in second place, Lincoln County (14-10 overall, 12-2 Southern 2A) heads to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas to play third-place Lake Mead (12-7, 10-4) in the 2A Division tournament at 4:40 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.
“I just hope we can beat them again this weekend and head to state,” Wadsworth said. “They’re a good team. And we’re all doing good. I want it to carry over to Lake Mead this Friday.”
Assistant Coach Eric Bernal said, “We’re going to try to play a lot of hard defense, rebound and execute our offense and not turn the ball over. We believe we have a good chance to make a run with any team at state.”