The Lincoln girls basketball team continued their perfect season on Dec. 27, rolling past the Federal Way Eagles in a 51-32 victory.
Sophomore Tamia Braggs led the Abes (7-0, 1-0 3A Narrows) with 20 points, while junior Kiara Thomas contributed 13 points and 10 steals.
The Abes’ defense work definitely showed in the first quarter as they out-scored Federal Way (2-3, 2-2 SPSL) 14-4. The quarter included a seven-point run for the Abes, in which they were able to shut the Eagles down for a little under six minutes.
“From day one, we were like we have to defend, and we have to defend as a unit,” head coach Jamila Jones said of the team's ability to lock Federal Way down.
Federal Way was able to keep pace with Lincoln in the second quarter, but couldn’t make up the point difference, giving the Abes the advantage lead going into the half, 26-15.
Lincoln was able to keep Federal Way silent in the third until back-to-back baskets from Amani Dunn gave the struggling Eagles some momentum.
“As long as we play hard, we’ll be in any game,” Jones said of the Abes’ ability to battle through tough turnovers.
With this mentality in mind, the Abes were able to hold the lead going into the fourth, leading the Eagles 35-26.
The Abes defense showed up big in the final quarter, only allowing six more points from the Eagles. Opening up the quarter with a 10-point run, the Abes made it clear that they were still in control of the game. The run was highlighted by junior Joy Failauga scoring the only three-pointer of the night, eliciting a huge cheer from the crowd.
The Abes continue their defensive dominance until the end of the game, taking away driving lanes and tightly guarding the key, securing the 51-32 victory.
“Defense wins big games,” Jones said. “That’s what we work on every day, sharing the responsibility of playing defense and helping out our teammates.”
Federal Way was led by Amani Dunn with 10 points, and Kayla Smith with six points.
The Abes next takes on Foss high school on Jan. 3 in a league game at Lincoln.