The Lincoln High School Varsity Boys Basketball Team opened the June live period with five consecutive wins at the June Jamboree in Ames over the weekend before dropping game one of summer league against Johnston Tuesday.
Josiah Conkrite led the Rails in scoring in week one, averaging just over 10 points per game despite an ankle injury that kept him out of Sunday’s action. Nate Feller averaged just over nine points per game in the first six contests. Feller also led the Rails in rebounds with 36.
Lincoln 51, Boone 31:
The Rails got out to a strong start defensively Tuesday at All-Iowa Attack, holding Boone High School to 31 points and 30 percent shooting from the field. Lincoln also held Boone to a 2-of-13 performance from the three point line.
Senior center Logan Sharp led the Railsplitters in scoring with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Sharp also tallied five boards. Senior point guard Josiah Conkrite scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds with two assists in the win.
Lincoln finished with seven assists and just seven turnovers while grabbing 16 offensive rebounds.
Lincoln 63, Greene County 40:
Josiah Conkrite’s 20 points and five rebounds left Lincoln cruising to a 2-0 start Saturday. A balanced attack saw Nate Feller, Kamron Francis and Ben Badger all contribute seven points while the Rails assisted on eight attempts with just six turnovers.
Lincoln outrebounded the Rams by 16 and held them to 34 percent from the field while forcing 15 GC turnovers.
Lincoln 62, Newton 57:
A sharpshooting 4A Newton squad took a two point lead into the halftime break Saturday evening before some stingy defense by junior Kameron Young was able to seal win number three for the Railsplitters.
Newton took 32 three point attempts in 32 minutes, connecting on 13 of them. Lincoln was only able to connect on 1-of-15 attempts from deep, relying on 16 offensive rebounds and 48 points in the paint to win the contest.
Nate Feller had a double-double for the Railsplitters, scoring with 14 points on 5-of-10 from the field and grabbing 10 rebounds. Replacing the injured Josiah Conkrite, junior point guard Ben Badger finished with nine points. Lincoln committed just six turnovers.
Lincoln 85, Denver 33:
Five finished in double figures in game one Sunday while Lincoln rode 66 points in the paint on their way to a cozy 52 point win over Denver.
The Rails forced 22 turnovers, 20 of them steals while assisting on 18 made shots with only eight turnovers.
Nate Feller finished with 15, Logan Sharp had 14, Karon Allen had 12, Kamron Francis and Ben Badger each finished with 11.
Both Feller and Badger tallied four assists as the Rails moved to 4-0 on the weekend.
Lincoln 60, Spirit Lake 43:
A slow start by the Rails was met with a monster second half as Lincoln clinched Pool B with a 5-0 record on the weekend. After a 22-21 first half, the Rails outscored Spirit Lake 40-22 in the second.
Once again, Feller led the scoring with 14 on 4-of-7 shooting and five rebounds. Ben Knoebel contributed nine points on 4-of-7 from the field as well.
Again, the Rails dominated on the glass, outrebounding Spirit Lake by 10. Lincoln also committed just seven turnovers while winning 40-18 in the paint.
Johnston 49, Lincoln 33:
Lincoln’s foray back into CIML play Tuesday night featured a familiar foe and unfortunately, a familiar result. Johnston’s hot start from the field mixed with Lincoln’s sluggish start gave the Dragons a 27-11 lead into the break.
Lincoln rallied to win the second half 24-22 but still fell in the game 49-33. Some positives for the Rails came on the defensive end as Lincoln was able to get the Dragons back down to 40 percent shooting on the night after starting just shy of 70 percent in the first half.
Lincoln won the points in the paint battle 18-16 and matched Johnston on the boards. The difference came at the three point line where Johnston went 10-of-23 while Lincoln hit 2-of-14. The Rails also had their worst ball control contest of the week, committing 12 turnovers.
An injured Josiah Conkrite led Lincoln with nine points and junior Kamron Francis added seven.
The Rails are back on the floor this weekend at Simpson College with both a varsity and JV team.
Simpson College Team Camp Schedule:
10:30am- Lincoln vs Norwalk (Hopper Gymnasium)
1:00pm- Lincoln vs Carlisle (Blake Fieldhouse 2)
4:45pm- Lincoln vs Urbandale (Cowles Fieldhouse)
11:45am- Lincoln JV vs IC West JV (Blake Fieldhouse 2)
2:15pm- Lincoln JV vs Centennial JV (Blake Fieldhouse 2)
6:00pm- Lincoln JV vs North JV (Blake Fieldhouse 1)