Rails Look to Finish Strong in Week Four


After rolling to a 9-1 start in the first half of summer season, the Lincoln Varsity Boys Basketball team dropped three of four contests in week three. The Railsplitters saw a dip in scoring over the four game span but still put together some gritty defensive performances.

Senior point guard Josiah Conkrite missed week three with an ankle injury, giving Ben Badger and James Anderson a prime opportunity take control at the point. Badger averaged 6.8 points per game in week three.

With Felix Gallagher out of town, Kameron Young and Karon Allen also had a chance to slide into more prominent roles in the Rails offense. Karon scored 4.5 points per game and grabbed three rebounds per game in week three.

Logan Sharp led the Rails in scoring and rebounding, averaging just under 10 points and eight boards.

Norwalk 59, Lincoln 36:

Almost exactly a week after Lincoln cruised to a 64-52 win over Norwalk at Simpson College, the Warriors turned the tables in a big way at Urbandale’s Summer Shootout.

Once again, Lincoln was able to hold Norwalk under 40 percent from the field but a woeful offensive outing by the Railsplitters sealed a runaway win for the 2018 3A State Qualifiers.

Lincoln shot 23.5 percent from the field, 15 percent from three and 39 percent from the free throw line in the loss. Ben Badger and Logan Sharp each netted 11 for the Rails.

Urbandale 56, Lincoln 42:

Unfortunately for Lincoln, the shooting slump continued in game two. And for the second game in a row, the Rails were defeated by a team they beat at Simpson the week before. The host Urbandale Jayhawks held the Rails to 27 percent from the field. Lincoln took 29 three point attempts in the 32-minute contest but only connected on six of them.

Nate Feller finished with 14 points. The Rails had the deficit hovering in the 6-8 range before a final push in the closing minutes sealed the win for Urbandale.

Lincoln 58, Winterset 50:

The lone bright spot of Saturday’s competition was a 58-50 win over 3A rising power Winterset. Facing a zone defense for the majority of the day, the Rails continued to struggle shooting the ball but saw a boost in offensive rebounding and defense that helped them cruise to a 38-25 halftime lead.

Winterset fought to the end, but the Rails used a 30 rebound advantage to hold off the Huskies.

Senior post Logan Sharp finished with 18 points on nine shot attempts and 14 rebounds. Ben Knoebel added 11 points.

Des Moines North 66, Lincoln 60:

The North Polar Bears were lightning hot in the first half of Central Iowa Summer League, running out to a 44-25 advantage.

Lincoln fought back, riding a furious charge in the closing minutes that saw the deficit close to six. Though North finished the game at 49 percent from the field, the Rails saw one of their best shooting performances of the summer as they converted at 46.4 percent on the night.

Nate Feller scored 14 points while Maiwut Jock and Felix Gallagher added 10 of their own.

Week Four Schedule:

Friday, June 22 at Grand View:

8:00- Lincoln Varsity vs Newton, Court 2

9:15- Lincoln JV vs Dowling JV, Court 3

11:45- Lincoln Varsity vs GV Christian, Court 1

11:45- Lincoln JV vs Fort Dodge JV, Court 3

3:30- Lincoln Varsity vs Ankeny, Court 1

Saturday, June 23 at Grand View:

9:15- Lincoln Varsity vs Ballard, Court 2

1:00- Lincoln Varsity vs Winterset, Court 3

6:00- Lincoln JV vs Ballard JV, Court 3

7:15- Lincoln JV vs North JV, Court 3

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