Lincoln girls tested, but get past state-ranked Frisco Liberty

RICHARDSON — After six weeks of wiping out competition by an average of 50 points, the Lincoln girls basketball team had to step it up Friday night. But even against a state-ranked opponent, Lincoln was a step ahead in its 55-44 victory over Frisco Liberty.

It was especially true in the fourth quarter, when there were a few tense moments in the 4A Region II area-round game at Richardson Pearce.

Lincoln (26-3), which finished the regular season No. 12 in the 4A state rankings, never trailed and led by 10 at halftime. But Liberty (25-7), No. 11 in the 4A rankings, scored seven straight points early in the fourth quarter to trim Lincoln’s lead to 35-32.

That’s when Lincoln, a three-time state champion, showed why it has a chance for a fourth title. With its pressure defense leading the way, Lincoln went on a 9-0 run over a span of two minutes to make sure it stayed in control.

The final six points of the run came during a 15-second span in which Jade Colbert made three layups. Two of them came on assists from teammates and another after Colbert made a steal.

Liberty trimmed Lincoln’s lead to seven a few minutes later, but Lincoln was rock-solid at the free throw line. The Lady Tigers, who will face Rockwall next, made 11 of their final 14 free throws.

Cameasha Turner led Lincoln with 19 points; Breanna Hayden added 13.

Emily Mital scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half for Liberty, which made only 3 of 20 3-point attempts.

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