In a game marked by two completely different halves, Lincoln used a big second-half run to take a large lead and held on for a 53-46 win over North Thurston at home tonight.
Leading just 15-13 after a sloppy first half, senior guard Precious Hunkin had a steal and a layup and nailed a three-pointer to help give Lincoln a 24-15 lead early in the second half. The Rams later closed to within 29-24 with two minutes left in the third, but that’s when the Abes launched a 13-0 run that lasted until early in the fourth quarter to seemingly put the game away. Hunkin – who led Lincoln with 15 points on the night – had seven points during the streak while freshman post Tamia Braggs added four points as the Abes went up 42-24.
Lincoln maintained a comfortable cushion until about the three-minute mark, when the game got chippy and became a foul fest. North Thurston began creeping their way back into the contest at the foul line – they got 25 points from free throws on the night – as the game featured 50 fouls, 28 of which were called on the Abes. Alisa Feliciano pulled the Rams within 51-41 with two free throws with just over a minute remaining, and later added two more to make it 52-46 with 15 seconds left, but North Thurston ran out of time to complete the comeback.
The late fouls marred what was a pretty dominant performance for the Abes, who leaned heavily on the inside play of Braggs – who finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Junior post Breneya Johnson was spectacular in the middle as well, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds for the Abes.
Kajana Fernandus led North Thurston with 12 points, while Feliciano added 11. Lincoln moved to 2-2 overall on the season, picking up their first league win to move to 1-1 in the Narrows 3A.