By Michael Ragovin
La Jolla High’s girls varsity basketball team beat the Lincoln High Hornets, 52-22, in the “Big Gym” on Jan. 25, 2013.
La Jolla came into the game with an overall record of 13 wins and eight losses, including three wins and two losses in league play. The girls played a very tight defensive game causing many turnovers by Lincoln. The point guards were excellent ball handlers, setting up set plays that got players good looks from the outside and shook players loose under the basket for easy hoops.
Outside shooting was more than adequate as the Lady Vikings hit several long shots from behind the three-point arc off plays designed to create space.
Scoring in the first period was very limited. La Jolla didn’t reach six points until there was 2:47 left on the clock and the Vikings scored on a lay in. Lincoln scored its first points on a jumper from the key at 2:17 mark. With a 1:50 remaining in the first period, Katie Harmeyer made a jumper to the increase the Viking lead 8-2. Lincoln returned the favor with long two-point jumper from the corner that was answered by a jumper for two points by Sierra Westham, and La Jolla led 10-4. Madelleine Gates scored her second basket, which was met by an offensive rebound and a put back with 30 seconds on the clock and the score, Vikings 12, Hornets 6. La Jolla scored the last basket of the first-quarter and took a 14 to 6 lead into the second period.
Sophia Sowers made a jumper and two free throws to start the second quarter and Lincoln made a lay in with six minutes remaining in the quarter, La Jolla leading 18-8.
Westham got an offensive rebound, a lay in plus a jumper for a 24-8 lead. La Jolla scored seven more points to one for Lincoln, and the second period ended with the Vikings ahead 31-9.
Lincoln nailed a three ball, Sowers answered with a three-point basket of her own, and Lincoln added a freethrow to make the score 34-13. The Vikings scored 12 unanswered points to end the third quarter with a 46-13 lead.
La Jolla hit a jump shot and Lincoln made three straight lay ins to start the fourth period and make the score 48-19. Hannah Polcyn made two free throws, Lincoln hit a three-pointer, Ivana Lases made a two-point jump shot and Lincoln made a three-point jumper to end the scoring at 52-22.
It’s difficult to say whether La Jolla played a great game or Lincoln just played poorly. Probably a combination of both. La Jolla is well coached, plays very intensely, hustles all the time and is very organized. They are a little under sized, but should have a very good finish to their season.