The first day of the Kaysinger conference tournament was quiet in volume and in scoring for the Green Ridge Lady Tigers.
No. 6 seed Lincoln limited Green Ridge to single-digit scoring until deep into the third quarter and defeated the Lady Tigers 50-21.
Two Lincoln 3-pointers pushed their run to 14-2 before the first quarter ended, with a pair of Katie Gibbs free throws as the lone points for Green Ridge.
Gibbs led the No. 11 seed Green Ridge with nine points.
Sloan Swearngin led Lincoln with 12 points. Taylor Sanders and Paige Bybee scored nine apiece.
Lincoln pushed their lead to 22-6 with more than two minutes before halftime remaining before lifting their full-court press.
The score was 24-8 at halftime.
The Lady Cardinals found success by exhausting the Green Ridge zone defense by swinging the ball along the perimeter, and being patient for a safe entry pass.
Bybee, who started at point guard, said the offense is more fun when the ball is moving.
“We try to work on our chemistry on the court, and we tried to move the ball tonight,” Bybee said. “We like it when everyone is scoring—we like sharing the ball.”
Lincoln head coach Cassy Nicolay said despite making adjustments since playing Green Ridge on Monday, their game plan was executed perfectly.
“That’s exactly what it looks like when it goes according to plan,” Nicolay said. “We played (Green Ridge) Monday, so I knew they were going to make some adjustments, but the girls played hard.”
Green Ridge scored five points in the final quarter.
Head Lady Tigers coach Amy Gibbs said she was encouraged to see her team play hard despite a disappointing tournament outing.
“My girls showed a lot of heart,” Gibbs said. “They had a rough season. There were some disappointments and some things going against them. But, my girls have the heart and they don’t quit.”
Lincoln advances to a Benton County matchup against No. 3 seed Cole Camp. Tip-off is scheduled for tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
KAYSINGER CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT RESULTS
No. 9 Tipton 60, No. 8 Green Ridge 37
No. 6 Otterville 72, No. 11 Northwest 42
No. 7 Stover 53, No. 10 La Monte 45
No. 8 Windsor 42, No. 9 Smithton 33
LATE GAME — No. 7 Sacred Heart vs. No. 10 Northwest
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