The Lincoln Boys Basketball team is locked in a tough stretch of the schedule and Tuesday night’s contest with Valley, one of the top ranked teams in 4A, was among the toughest tests the Rails will face this year. Valley’s hot start was too much for Lincoln to counter and the Tigers took a 62-45 win on Senior Night.
Valley (15-3) came out firing and scored 20 points in the first four minutes before three early timeouts by Lincoln Coach Justin Einerson to weather the storm. The Rails defense stiffened and the Tigers didn’t score for the remainder of the quarter, taking a 20-11 lead into the second.
Valley’s hot shooting continued throughout the second quarter and the Tigers stretched their lead to 42-19 into the locker rooms.
From the start of the third quarter, Lincoln’s ferocity showed as they held the Tigers to nine points in the third and 11 in the fourth. Offense, however, was tough to come by for the Rails against one of the better defensive teams in the state. Lincoln cut the final deficit to 17 at the finish but shot just 33 percent from the field and 6-of-25 from three. To make matters worse, Lincoln connected on just 5-of-14 from the free throw line, sealing the fate of the men in maroon.
Josiah Conkrite led the Rails in scoring with 11. Nate Feller and Ben Badger both finished with 9. Lincoln had just three assists on the night but only recorded seven turnovers.
Lincoln’s next test is against CIML Metro Champion Des Moines North at the Roundhouse Friday night. North took an 11 point win in the first meeting and is unbeaten in Metro competition this year. A win for Lincoln (5-4 Metro, 9-9 Overall) will ensure at least a tie for second place in the conference.