By Marinda Lamb

The Lincoln County High School Lynx basketball team lost two home games against a couple solid opponents by two points each. On Dec. 19, the Lynx hosted Pahranagat Valley and had the rival on the ropes before the Panthers rallied for a 53-51 win.

On Dec. 21, Lincoln took on league foe Needles and fell in overtime 48-46. The game couldn’t have been any closer. Needles led 12-11 after the first quarter, but the teams went into halftime tied. They scored nine points each in the third quarter and also played the fourth quarter to a draw with the scoring picking up at 18 points a piece.

Elijah Harr got things going for the Lynx offensively in the first quarter with a driving layup, and Noah Smith got into the action with a layin plus a foul shot. Alex Vincent and Harr stood out defensively for the Lynx in the quarter, with Vincent earning an assist on a Kobe Walker three.

Noah Smith scored on another layup for the Lynx. Kamdon Lewis came in the game and gave the Lynx a boost with a few solid rebounds. However, the Mustangs offense picked up late in the quarter to tie the game then took the lead on a free throw.

Both teams struggled to score in the second quarter. A Harr drive broke the lid on the basket for the Lynx. Jordan Cameron also came off the bench to get a layup and some rebounds. Turnovers hurt the Lynx in the quarter, but the team still managed to outscore Needles by a point to tie it at the half.

The Lynx struck first in the second half with Smith scoring off a Harr pass down low. Landen Smith later scored on a layup and a few minutes later got an offensive rebound and went up for another score.

Vincent’s strong defense continued as he  got a steal and raced down the court, was fouled on the shot attempt, and connected on a free throw. The Mustangs managed to answer on their end to keep the game tied heading into the fourth.

In the fourth quarter, both teams picked things up offensively. The Lynx offensive highlights included two 3-point plays from Vincent, the second coming off a Cameron steal. Hustle plays and more tough defense led to scores for the Lynx, but the Mustangs had answers, and in overtime, the Lynx managed just two points, allowing Needles to pull out the road win.

Vincent had 13 points for the Lynx. Harr and Noah Smith each had 10. Needles was led by Irving Juarez with 14 points. Gilman Jenkins had 10.

Against Pahranagat, scoring for the Lynx started out slow as the team had two points midway through the first quarter, and Lincoln trailed 18-8 by the end of the period.

It was a different story in the second quarter with the Lynx outscoring the Panthers by nine.

In the third quarter, the momentum completely swung Lincoln’s way, and it ended with a score of 44-35, Lynx.

However, the Panthers picked up their defensive intensity and forced turnovers to retake the lead in the fourth and held on for the 2-point win.

Culen Highbe and Brodey Maxwell had 11 points for the Panthers and Richard Lewis added 10. Kobe Walker led the Lynx with 13 points and Alex Vincent finished with 12.  

The Lynx are finishing up the Tri-State Holiday Invitational today, and host Lake Mead and Laughlin next weekend.