Lincoln County was the girls Southern Division III regular season champion in 2014, as well as taking their third consecutive league tournament title, and look to do it again this year, but White Pine and Needles pose the biggest challenge to that task.
However, the Lady Lynx stayed right on the heels of the other two leaders with a couple of wins on the road last week.
At Calvary Chapel, Easton Tingey and Hannah Hafen led a balanced attack with eight points apiece as the Lynx rolled by the Cavalry Chapel Lions 54-23.
Malia Lee led Calvary Chapel with 12 points.
Then on Saturday, at The Meadows, Tanji Tibbitts and Kayla Mathews each had 10 points as the Lynx used a balanced attack to down the Mustangs 54-38.
Savannah Harr added nine points for Lincoln County, which led only 30-26 at the half.
Cassidy Gosse had 14 points, and Bailey Gosse scored 11 for The Meadows.
That brings up a very tough test for the girls this week, at least on Friday as they travel to Needles, Calif.
The girls suffered at 48-44 loss to Needles when the teams played in Panaca in January. But Lincoln (16-5, 11-2) does have a win over White Pine, co-leader with Needles. So, a win at Needles (20-5, 12-1) could possibly recreate a three-tie for first place, should White Pine (13-2, 12-1) beat Needles on Saturday.
Lincoln holds a slight advantage in per game scoring over Needles, 50.6 to 47.3. In recent series history, however Needles holds a 16-6 edge and have won four of the last five.
Saturday, the girls play an afternoon game at Laughlin (9-11, 4-8). They conclude the league season Feb. 14 in Las Vegas at Agassi.
In the Northern Division III standings, defending state champion Incline (16-3, 9-0) is the leader, ahead of Pershing County (8-1, 16-7).
Incline hosts Pershing County this Friday night.