By Ernest Stone
By the time the second quarter began, Lincoln High School found out an unfortunate truth, Box Hill Senior Secondary College didn’t travel all the way from Australia to lose any games.
After hanging tough with the unfamiliar team from Melbourne for a quarter, the host Mustangs ran out of gas, falling 49-33 in the championship game of the Lincoln Tournament on Saturday night.
“Our style is scrappy and feisty, ” said Lincoln head coach Jason Lee. “We have to be, our tallest interior player 5’5.”
Taking advantage of Lincoln’s (2-1) height disadvantage were 5-foot-9 forward Emily Simons and 6-0 center Tessa Ramsay, who combined for 24 points.
“Usually, we work on scoring with creating lanes and ball movement,” said Box Hill head coach John Curran. “But before the game we saw how much taller we were and we took things from there.”
At first, it seemed as if Lincoln’s outside shooting could counter Box Hill’s ability to score in the paint, but, after entering the third quarter up 27-19, the Australian squad wore down the Mustangs.
After maintaining a 10-point lead throughout the second half, Box Hill clinched the tournament championship.
Unfortunately for the Aussies, their status as tourney champions will not afford them a breather. The team, which began its tour to kick off summer break in Australia, is now bound for San Diego for a pair of games.
“Yeah, we’re a little tired,” said Simons. “But it seems that once we take the court the energy kicks in and we go all out.”
Lincoln, on the other hand, has plenty to look forward to. The Mustangs bested their local opponents in the tournament and look forward to the season ahead of them.
“I was actually more proud of my team today than the previous couple of games,” said Lee. “Because most of our opponents won’t have the ability of these guys, our ability to hang around will definitely come in handy this year.”
Emily Simons – 16
Tessa Ramsay – 8
Anthea Samargis – 6
Caitlin Tayleur – 6
Demi Joy – 6
Kayley Selor – 9
Alice Ho – 8
Kelly Sung – 6
Sophia Nguyen – 5
Jessica Garrett – 4