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Girls basketball 2011-2012

By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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After a difficult 6-21 season last year, Lincoln High’s girls basketball team will be looking to improve things. However, they have to play in the Pioneer Valley League against teams like Bear River, Colfax, and Placer. Those clubs finished 9-1, 9-1, and 5-4 in league, respectively. In preseason, during the 2010-2011 school year, the Fighting Zebras defeated Mira Loma, Lindhurst, River Valley, Marysville, and twice defeated Yuba City. The downside, only River Valley and Lindhurst each managed to win more than six games during their campaigns. Three seniors graduated in 2011 Lincoln’s roster of 14. Six seniors return this season. Bear River’s Bruins also graduated three, but two were among their top three scorers. Jenn Meylor (11.6 point-average per game) could return, along with four other juniors. Colfax said goodbye to their two top scoring aces, Michelle Walker (14.2), and April Littlejohn (9.2); the two also led the Falcons in rebounds. Seven juniors could return, including their No. 3 scorer, Haley Biles. Placer’s stats were not available, but the PVL’s No. 4 team in ’11-12, Center, graduated four. Among the departed were the Cougars’ top point-getters Jasmine Stoval and Kenya Stark. However, Center liked spreading around the scoring among the 11 who could return. Rocklin was strong with an 18-11 season last year, and finished second in the Sierra Foothill League behind Del Oro. Six seniors departed the Thunder roster that carried nine underclassmen, including three freshmen. Erin Dean was the leading senior scorer putting up 7.9 points a game, but the top guns were junior Joie Camalo (10.6), and sophomore Lydia Summers (10.6). Camalo was also tops in assists, and had 101 steals. She was also a team captain. The SFL’s No. 1 Golden Eagles did bid farewell to the league’s leading scorer, Madeline Campbell (15.3), but they should return sophomore Brianna Ruiz (11.9), who was second in average points per game for the regal birds. Del Oro put 11 players in a caps and gowns last year. The real challenge could come from the league’s No. 3 team in ’11-12, Woodcreek. The Timberwolves lost only two seniors, and only one had significant statistics. Their leading scorer was junior forward Fia Hoskinson. Hoskinson was also one of the T’wolves top rebounders and ball thieves. Woodcreek could bring back nine juniors and one sophomore from last year to challenge for SFL supremacy. Whitney comes out with renewed enthusiasm under new head coach Andy Carter. The Wildcats finished 5-5 in the Capital Athletic League last season, 13-15 overall. Division II clubs El Camino, Antelope, and Rio Americano make the going tough, but not insurmountable. Carter said he has the team bonding, and working together, which is what he feels will lead to success. “I feel like we have a bench where any one person can step up,” said Carter. “Whoever is hot (any given) night is going to play well.” Missing from action was last year’s leading scorer Morgan Green, but on that list is CAL’s No. 2 3-point shooter from last year, Kristin Ladas. Antelope paid heavily in graduation with nine departures, including two of its top rebounders, and leading scorer.