Lady Wolves De­feat Gravette And De­catur

LIN­COLN GIRLS IM­PROVE TO 6-2

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mike Eck­els and Mark Humphrey

LIN­COLN — Robin Kirk’s team­mates looked for her early and of­ten, ex­e­cut­ing a game plan to get the ball into the paint.

Gravette came in with a strat­egy to try and set the game at a pace the Lady Li­ons pre­ferred of­fen­sively and get to the free throw line. On de­fense Gravette wanted to pres­sure the ball and de­fend the perime­ter, but the Lady Li­ons had no an­swer for the 5-11 Lin­coln ju­nior cen­ter, whose 31 points, 12 re­bounds, 2 as­sists, 3 steals and 2 blocks pow­ered the Lady Wolves. Lin­coln over­came a 12-4 first quar­ter deficit to post a con­vinc­ing non­con­fer­ence, 59-40, win over for­mer 4A-1 foe Gravette on Tues­day, Nov. 27, 2018.

Lin­coln used a va­ri­ety of ways to feed Kirk in the post. Se­nior for­ward Jes­sica Gold­man drew a lot of at­ten­tion from the Lady Li­ons’ de­fense, some­thing Lin­coln was able to suc­cess­fully cap­i­tal­ize upon nu­mer­ous times. One play started with Gold­man catch­ing the ball in the left cor­ner, then giv­ing up the rock to Libby Cal­ico deep on the base­line. Cal­ico passed to Kirk com­ing down the lane for an easy deuce.

An­other play fea­tured Gold­man es­tab­lish­ing po­si­tion on the perime­ter, then deal­ing the ball back to Kyli Jenk­ins out top. Jenk­ins promptly dumped the ball in­side to Kirk cut­ting to the bas­ket for a layup.

While Gold­man was held to 3 points, Jenk­ins forced Gravette to re­spect her out­side shot. She took a cross-court pass and drilled a wide-open 3-pointer on the right wing giv­ing the Lady Wolves a 10-point ad­van­tage of 35-25 with 3:24 to go in the third quar­ter.

Jenk­ins ran the court and was re­warded with easy buck­ets in tran­si­tion. Kirk’s blocked shot and re­bound kick-started a Lin­coln fast­break with the out­let cleared to Averi Massey. Massey, who racked up 7 as­sists on the night, threw the ball out of the back­court to Jenk­ins break­ing for the goal and an un­con­tested score to open up a 15-point Lin­coln lead, at 47-32, with 6:04 left in the game.

Massey recorded 4 points and 3 steals. She an­tic­i­pated and stole a Gravette pass us­ing her body as a shield with a Lady Lion bear­ing down on her. Massey ex­pertly laid the ball in while ab­sorb­ing con­tact to push Lin­coln’s lead to 52-35 mid­way through the fourth quar­ter.

Massey had an early as­sist to Kirk sprint­ing down­court and tak­ing a bounce pass in traf­fic to fin­ish with a lay-in pulling Lin­coln within, 12-11, in the sec­ond quar­ter. That bas­ket pro­vided two of the 20 points scored by the Lady Wolves in the sec­ond en­abling them to take a 24-20 half­time lead.

Lin­coln 59, Gravette 40

Gravette 12 8 12 8 — 40 Lin­coln 4 20 17 18 — 59 Gravette (0-2): In­di­vid­ual scor­ing to­tals not avail­able.

Lin­coln (6-2): Robin Kirk 31, Kyli Jenk­ins 12, Tana Or­tiz 6, Avery Massey 4, Jes­sica Gold­man 3, Libby Cal­ico 3.

Lin­coln 61, De­catur 29

Lin­coln handed De­catur a 61-29 loss to open the first an­nual Tur­key Shoot bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment in girls ac­tion at Lin­coln High School Nov. 19.

Four Jes­sica Gold­man 3-point­ers sparked Lin­coln’s of­fense as the Lady Wolves opened up a 24-2 first quar­ter lead over De­catur and never looked back.

Gold­man fin­ished with 5 total 3-point­ers, 17 points, 4 re­bounds, 1 as­sist and 4 steals while team­mate Robin Kirk added 13 points, 9 re­bounds, 3 steals and a blocked shot. She had at least 2 as­sists feed­ing out­side shoot­ers on passes out of the paint.

Gold­man be­gan the scor­ing frenzy for Lin­coln by stroking a trey from the right side of the top-of-thekey. Her team­mate sensed she was on track and be­gan look­ing for her. Gold­man’s sec­ond tri­fecta came from the right cor­ner on a kick­out by Kirk from the post. Libby Cal­ico saw Gold­man open on the right wing and fed her the ball where she snapped her third 3-pointer with a de­fender jump­ing out too late.

Ta­nia Or­tiz set up Gold­man’s fourth 3-pointer of the pe­riod by bring­ing the ball down, then leav­ing it for Gold­man while set­ting a screen.

Fail­ure to de­fend the perime­ter cost De­catur dearly as Lin­coln made them pay for leav­ing open shoot­ers be­hind the arc. In the sec­ond quar­ter Avery Massey drove the lane, then re­al­iz­ing no De­catur de­fend­ers were out­side the box, dished to Kylie Jenk­ins, who hit for three from the left wing. Lin­coln led 37-15 at the half.

In the third quar­ter Massey saw Gold­man get open on the right wing in tran­si­tion and got the ball to her. Gold­man’s fifth 3-pointer of the con­test pushed Lin­coln out to a 41-18 lead. The mar­gin in­creased to 25 points with Massey mak­ing a steal while fall­ing down yet main­tain­ing pres­ence of mind to pass to Ta­nia Or­tiz, who nailed a short pull-up jumper to make the score, 43-18, with 4:18 left in the third.

Abby Gold­man got in the act, swish­ing her own tri­fecta on an as­sist by Kirk work­ing the in­side-out game. Lin­coln was up big, 52-21, at the end of the third quar­ter and coasted to a 61-29 win.

LIN­COLN 61, DE­CATUR 29

De­catur 2 13 6 8 — 29 Lin­coln 24 13 15 9 — 61 De­catur (1-4): Sam­mie Sk­aggs 9, Annabelle Schop­per 6, Des­tiny Me­jia 5.

Lin­coln (4-2): Jes­sica Gold­man 17, Robin Kirk 13, Kyli Jenk­ins 11, Tana Or­tiz 5, Avery Massey 4, Ari­anna Or­tiz 4, Abby Gold­man 3, Kin­ley Webb 3. Re­bounds — De­catur 30, Lin­coln 34 (Kirk 9). As­sists — De­catur 3, Lin­coln 15. Steals — De­catur 7, Lin­coln 12 (Gold­man 4, Kirk 3). Blocks — De­catur 1, Lin­coln 1 (Kirk).

MIKE ECK­ELS NWA NEWS­PA­PERS

De­catur’s Sam­mie Sk­aggs (No. 24) puts up a jumper over Lady Wolves’ Robin Kirk (No. 42) and Jes­sia Gold­man (No. 45) dur­ing the third quar­ter of the De­catur-Lin­coln var­sity bas­ket­ball con­test at Lin­coln High School Nov. 19. The Lady Bull­dogs and Lady Wolves con­test was part of the first round of the first An­nual Tur­key Shoot tour­na­ment ac­tion.

MIKE ECK­ELS NWA NEWS­PA­PERS

De­catur’s Annabelle Schop­per (No. 15) and Lin­coln’s Kyli Jenk­ins fight over a re­bound dur­ing the De­catur-Lin­coln Var­sity bas­ket­ball con­test at Lin­coln High School Nov. 19. The Lady Wolves won 61-29 to open the first An­nual Tur­key Shoot bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment.

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