The Des Moines Lincoln Basketball team started red-hot on Tuesday night at the Roundhouse, taking a 12-6 lead in the opening minutes. However, the Waukee Warriors, widely regarded as the top 4A team in the state, used the next six minutes to put together a 23-2 run that left the Railsplitters in a 29-14 hole. Waukee (7-0) went on to drop Lincoln (4-3) 61-46 in the end.
One positive for Coach Einerson’s southsiders was that, aside from the 23-2 Warrior run in the first half, Lincoln had a 44-39 advantage for the remaining 26 minutes of the game. Against a team full of high-level college recruits, it says a lot about Lincoln’s potential against the best in the state.
“When we ran our stuff, we were really good on both ends. When we pressed and tried to make plays outside of our normal offense, we weren’t very good,” said fourth-year head coach Justin Einerson. “If you play the right way, the game usually rewards you and I thought we had some really great moments and some fantastic learning material for the future.”
While the Rails struggled from the field by shooting 31 percent on 18-of-58, the real deciding factor was in the rebounding stats where Waukee held a 47-26 advantage. Lincoln was able to turn the Warriors over 19 times, about 12 turnovers above their average for the season. Lincoln also outscored Waukee in the paint, 20-18. Second-chance points played a huge role for the Warriors as well as Waukee had 15 points off of their offensive rebounds.
Waukee junior Tucker DeVries finished with 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Lincoln senior Ben Badger led the Rails with 17 points on 7-for-21 from the field.
Lincoln moves back into Metro play over the next three games and will head to Roosevelt Friday for a tough test with the Roughriders. Here’s the schedule for Friday and the following week.
Friday, Jan 10: Lincoln (3-0) @ Roosevelt (1-2), 7:45pm
Tuesday, Jan 14: Lincoln (3-0) @ East (0-3), 7:45pm
Friday, Jan 17: North (3-0) @ Lincoln (3-0), 7:45pm