The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team traveled up to Ankeny Tuesday night for a showdown with the Hawks, who have been getting a lot of attention in local rankings since the start of the new season. The Rails led early and finished strong but it was Ankeny who picked up a 55-45 victory.
Lincoln (2-1) was without leading scorer and senior floor leader Josiah Conkrite, who injured his ankle in the fourth quarter against East on Saturday. Junior point guard Ben Badger filled the role nicely, leading the Rails with 16 points on a very efficient 5-of-10 shooting. Senior Logan Sharp added 10 points of his own to go with 8 rebounds.
The Rails stormed out to an early 8-2 lead before Ankeny’s Dillon Carlson gave the Hawks the lead on a trio of three pointers. Carlson would finish 3-of-3 from deep with 13 points. Ankeny took a 12 point lead into the locker room but Lincoln stormed back once again, cutting the deficit to six.
The Hawks responded with a big run to stretch the advantage to 19 before the Railsplitters were able to trim it back to 10 before the finish.
Lincoln struggled offensively, turning the ball over 20 times to go with just five assists. The Railsplitters shot 38.1 percent from the field and were 3-of-12 from deep.
On the bright side, Lincoln’s defense was stout on the road once again. Ankeny scored over 80 points in each of their first two games but the Rails held them to 55 points on 37.5 percent from the field. Ankeny was just 6-of-21 from deep.
The Railsplitters will try to get the offense back and rolling for the home opener at the Roundhouse on Tuesday, November 11.