Lincoln County High boys basketball played its final league game at home on Feb. 16, beating Lake Mead 57-48.
Coach Sean FitzSimons said, “It was senior night. Lake Mead was fundamentally sound, as we expected, and we wanted to send those seniors out with a win. We found we’d come out and get the lead early, play hard defense and play together as a team. This always can be an emotional night, but we’re very glad to get the win and build some momentum for playoffs. You always want to win before going to the playoffs.”
Lake Mead scored first with a jump shot. Noah Smith matched it immediately after, evening out the score. From then on, Lincoln played well. Cody Zile and Matt Hafen made some shots from behind the arc, helping the team gain a 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter.
Lincoln didn’t score as much in the second quarter, but the boys came back from halftime fired up to finish the game strong. Alex Vincent dominated the court, putting in shot after shot.
In the fourth quarter, Lincoln allowed Lake Mead to score a bit more but still won 57-48.
Vincent was the highest scorer with 17 points. Noah Smith had 13, and Kobe Kelley scored 11.
Lincoln County (18-7 overall, 12-2 Southern 2A) will head to the division tournament in first place at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas to play fourth-place seed Adelson High School (11-5, 9-5) at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.
“We’ve been to Adelson twice in the regular season, so the confidence level is there, so we feel we can get them,” FitzSimons said. “We’re a different team now, much like they are, than when we last played them. We can’t take anything for granted, and we’ve just got to go down there and work hard, execute, play hard defense and just see where we’re at Friday night.”
Overall, the team is excited to be back in the playoffs after a few tough seasons.
“Postseason basketball here at Lincoln is exciting,” FitzSimons said. “It’s been a couple years since we’ve made it there, so we’re really looking forward to it. The boys are working hard, and we’re excited.”