By Marinda Lamb
The Lincoln County High School Lady Lynx basketball team earned two home wins, a 51-41 victory over Alamo on Dec. 19, and a 53-40 triumph over Needles on Dec. 21.
The wins put the Lady Lynx at 9-1 overall and undefeated in league play.
Lincoln got going early against Pahranagat, ending the quarter with a 20-6 lead. Brynlee Wadsworth drove to the hoop for the first points of the game. Later, Sadie Soderborg splashed a deep two. Wadsworth answered a Pahranagat score with another two points. And Kailey Kelley, Kendra Mathews, and Brooklyn Hafen all scored to help the Lady Lynx expand their lead.
In the second quarter, Pahranagat Valley chipped away, knocking it down to 10 points at halftime.
In the third quarter, Kelley drained a 3-pointer. Hafen scored off an offensive rebound, and Kylee Cameron also scored on a layup. However, the Lady Panthers were able to get the game to within six points near the end of the third. But Wadsworth answered with a deep two, and the Lady Lynx ended the quarter strong to take a 39-27 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Panthers continued to fight, but Lincoln was able to answer to maintain the lead. Wadsworth, Hafen, and Kelley each scored 10 points. Karley Whipple had 16 points, and Morgan Harris had 11 for Pahranagat.
Against Needles, the Lady Lynx once again came out as strong, allowing the Lady Mustangs to score just six points in the first quarter while scoring 15 points themselves.
The second quarter wasn’t too different. The Lady Lynx started off their scoring with a three and just went up from there. The score at the end of the second was 26-13, Lincoln.
The third quarter was where Needles started to pick it up. They doubled their score plus some. However, Lincoln was still playing hard. Hafen started off the scoring with an assist from Wadsworth. The Lady Lynx did a good job of keeping up plays like that all quarter.
Needles kept pushing and even outscored Lincoln in the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t enough, as Lincoln still won 53-40. Kelley had a total of 21 points. Hafen had 15. Brynlee Wadsworth had 11. Preslee Murch and Paige Murch each had 13 points for Needles. Jasmine Mejia had 10.
Lincoln finishes the Steve Hodson Classic today and hosts Lake Mead and Laughlin next weekend.