Basketball teams top Wilson in home games; varsity extend win streaks

Freshman Reed Hazard charges past a Wilson defender as the Cardinals defeat the visiting Trojans 46-29 Jan. 16. Hazard finished the game with 17 points.

The first home double-header of the season went as planned as the varsity boys’ basketball team beat the Wilson Trojans (7-6) 55-41, and the varsity girls won 46-29. (Check gallery for photos of both games.)

Freshman Reed Hazard led the girls 17 points, hitting five 3-pointers. “My shot was on and my teammates were able to find me,” said Hazard, who suffered torn ligaments in her ankles in the first game of the season. Lincoln led the entire game, up 26-7 at  halftime and 39-18 at the end of the third. Sophomore Gracie Summers added 12 points for the Cardinals.

Lincoln moves to an overall record of 9-4 and is currently on a five-game winning streak. The team’s next game will be at Cleveland (2-11, 1-4) on Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

The boys, who faced a tougher challenge against Wilson than Madison, were able to pull away at the end. Getting out to a quick 7-0 start, Lincoln led for the rest of the game. Three players led the team in points, with sophomore Jonah Pemberton, senior Bailey Hazard, and senior Trent Callan scoring 12 points each.

Lincoln was missing two key players: Senior post Xavier Rodriguez was out with an ankle injury suffered in practice, and junior wing Jackson Pyle had the flu. The Cards only played an eight-man rotation. “We hope that everyone is ready to play, whenever their number is called,” head coach Sean Christensen said. “Our strategy did not change a whole lot. We emphasized that all five guys needed to rebound.”

The boys, now 9-4, stretched their winning streak to six games and remain undefeated in the PIL with a 5-0 record. Their next game will be against Cleveland (8-5, 2-3) on Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Coliseum.