“The girls fought real hard,” Lincoln head coach Shea Monroe said. “We just need to quit digging ourselves in such big holes. They’ve been working real hard. People don’t know, but we’ve got a really young team. We’ve got two seniors: Shania Embry and Raven Fomby and they’ve been huge for us this year as far as keeping the attitude up. It’s not easy when your team is having a bad year, but they’ve been working hard. I’m proud of the way they fought tonight. We’ve got to find a way to win those kinds of games.”
B.B. Comer managed to open the first quarter with a 14-0 lead. Lincoln was simply unable to generate much on offense in the first half. They got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when Raven Fomby drove inside the lane for a 2-point basket to cut the Comer lead to 18-2.
Ty Truss had a rebound and putback to leave the score 18-4 at halftime.
Lincoln scored back-to-back baskets to open the second half to gain a little momentum. Truss had another basket in the post to cut the Comer lead to 18-8.
Comer responded with a 7-1 run capped by a 3-pointer by Tykea Wells to push Comer’s lead to 25-9.
Kebraisha Hicks closed out the third quarter with a baseline jumper to give Comer a 27-11 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Lincoln managed to score more points in one quarter than they had the previous three quarters of the game.
After Jaylen Brown hit a 3-pointer and Truss made seven of eight free throws Comer’s lead was down to 31-21. Brown continued to score baskets, as she converted a transition layup and hit a shot in the post by using the glass to cut the Comer lead to 31-25.
With 1:39 left in the game, Comer head coach Anthony Jacks called timeout, which seemed to settle his team. They were able to whittle precious time off the clock.
Still, Lincoln was next to score with Brown scoring on a putback to make it 31-27. However, at that point only 19 seconds were left in the game.
Seals sank two free throw shots to seal the game from Comer with 14 seconds left.
“I think we kind of relaxed a little bit,” Jacks said. “I would like to think we learned our lesson last Friday against Fayetteville doing that. We got out to a big lead; I don’t know what exactly it was. We should have had opportunities, but we just weren’t making our shots that we normally make, the ones that you’ve got to make—the layups and things like that. All of the sudden, they start making some free throws and you look up and it’s a tight ball game. Even at halftime, it wasn’t like we were ahead by 30. It was still a basketball game. We’ve just got to come out and be more focused in the second half. The last two games—hopefully that’s got our attention and we’re ready to move on from that type of situation.
The game’s high scorer was Lincoln’s Truss, who finished with 15 points. Brown contributed nine points for the Lady Golden Bears.
For Comer, DeAsia Twyman was the leading scorer with nine points, while Seals contributed seven points.
With the win, Comer advances to play top seed Fayetteville tonight at 7:30 p.m. at host site Sylacauga.