Balanced offense, strong defense lead Lincoln to 59-42 win at Grafton

GRAFTON, W.Va. — Four Lincoln starters scored in double figures and the Cougars allowed just 16 second half points in a 59-42 win at Grafton’s Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium.

Lincoln led 33-26 at halftime and they allowed just seven points in the third quarter and nine in the fourth to collect their fourteenth win of the season.

“It was good for us,” said Lincoln head coach Rob Hawkins. “Especially in the last three minutes of the game we did a good job holding our composure. We took care of the ball at the end. Overall, we beat a quality team and hopefully got better because of it.”

Seniors Brynne Williams and Allison Rockwell each scored 14 points to pace the Cougars. Victoria Sturm added 13 and Madi Martin chipped in with 10.

“We have a lot of versatility. All five of those starters can score. They can all shoot it. Allison had some great opportunities in the first half and her teammates found her and she finished. Madi knocked down a couple huge 3’s in the third and got us going in the second half.”

Meredith Maier led Grafton (13-6) with a dozen points. Jocelyn Countryman added 11 points.

Since losing to top-ranked North Marion by three points on January 28th, Lincoln (14-5) has won five consecutive games.

“I think we can compete with most teams in Class AA, if not all. I am not displeased with where we are right now, but I know we haven’t reached our ceiling yet.”

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