Lincoln Girls beat Boyle in District opener – Reuters Sports News


By Mike Marsee
Contributing author

Turnover or no turnover, the Lincoln County girls are still alive.

Twenty-three turnovers could be fatal in many postseason games, but the Lady Patriots overcame that total on Monday night to defeat Boyle County 43-33 in the first round of the 45th District Tournament in Danville.

They hit nearly half their shots and stopped a Boyle charge in the fourth quarter to post their first three-game winning streak of the season and their first playoff victory in three years.

So while coach James Jackson certainly wasn’t happy with Lincoln’s total turnover, he was happy to see the big picture.

“I’m terrified of how much (revenue) we have,” Jackson said. “But we fought. This time of year, you step forward and you take it.

Lincoln (12-19), the No. 4 seed in the five-team field, advanced to a semifinal against top seed Danville at 6 p.m. Tuesday with its third victory over Boyle (11-16 ) in as many games this season.

The Lady Patriots shot 48% from the field and made 10 of 15 free throws, including six of six in the closing seconds after the Lady Rebels cut an eight-point deficit to four.

“Our kids found a way, and now this is what you have to do,” Jackson said.

Emily Estes scored 15 of Lincoln’s 21 points in the first half and finished with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Boyle had three shots on two possessions to cut the margin to two points after shooting within 37-33 with 2:03 remaining.

Lincoln took its biggest lead at 32-24 when Ally Lynn opened the fourth quarter with a layup, but Boyle fought back to cut his deficit in half over the next three minutes.

Boyle coach Ryan Wiersma said it typified the season-long struggle of a side that played much of the year with just eight players and had no seniors or size. strictly speaking on his list.

“Every game they’ve been in, they’ve gotten better and we gave ourselves a chance to win that game. We just didn’t make a bucket when we needed to,” Wiersma said. “But that group of girls is tougher than fingernails. They never stopped competing, they never backed down from a challenge and I’m so proud of how they’ve worked this season.

Zoey Robbins and Peyton Bugg scored 11 points apiece for the Lady Rebels, who shot 27% from the field and had 17 turnovers.

Alexia Baldock had 11 points for Lincoln, who led 10-3 at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Patriots turned the ball over eight times in the first 5:15, but Boyle had five turnovers in the same period.

Robbins hit 3 straight runs to start a 9-0 run at Boyle before Estes scored all 10 points for the Lady Patriots in the second quarter to give them a 21-17 halftime lead.

Wiersma said the Lady Rebels will be better for the experience they have gained this season. Season-ending injuries to a handful of players who were expected to be key players forced many of those who remained to play different roles than they might otherwise have had.

“We had people playing in different positions due to injuries, and they learned so much,” Wiersma said. “We put a bunch of people in different situations to try to step up, and sometimes we were successful, and hopefully we can focus on our successes going forward.”

Lincoln is all about Danville, and Jackson said the Lady Patriots will have to play better to compete with a team that beat them 62-34, 55-42 during the regular season.

“We’re going to adjust and do what we need to do to prepare for a juggernaut,” he said.

45th District Tournament
In Danville
First round
Boyle County 9 17 24 33
Lincoln County 10 21 30 43

BOY (11-16) — Annabelle Tarter 3, Payton Bugg 11, Zoey Robbins 11, Ella Coffey 4, Kendra Christopher 4.
LINCOLN (9-18) — Chloe Ralston 3, Taylen Ralston 2, Alexia Baldock 11, Ally Lynn 4, Emily Estes 21, Macey Rice 2.


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