Lincoln girls on the rise

With so many good girls teams in the field, it figured to be a tough road through the Titan Christmas Clash for Lincoln County and Mercer County, the two Advocate-area teams in the 16-team field.

But after four days and 32 games, it was Lincoln that claimed the championship with wins over St. Henry, Tates Creek, Nelson County and Notre Dame. And most of the wins weren’t that close, as the Lady Patriots won by an average of 15.3 points per game and allowed only 35 points per game.

Lincoln (9-4) had some blemishes on its resume in the first month of the season, as it was manhandled by fellow 12th Region contender Rockcastle County at home, gave up a season-high 64 points in a loss to Paul Dunbar and went 1-2 in the Lexington Catholic tournament. But the Lady Patriots’ impressive run at Mercer should give them a lift as they head into the heart of the schedule.

So will this: Point guard Alissa Patterson is finally on her way back to the team.

Patterson delivered a baby on Nov. 16, and she was cleared by a doctor to return to practice with the team Monday, six weeks later to the day.

Lincoln coach Don Story said Patterson will return to practice when the players return to school next week.

“We’ll see how she handles it,” Story said. “In two or three weeks she might see a little action on the floor, and then hopefully in a month or so she might be to get after it about like normal.”

Lincoln has missed Patterson, the team’s top ball-handler and defensive leader for the last two years, but Story said the senior guard won’t be rushed.

“If she can get back to full strength by the first of February, we’ll be extremely happy,” Story said.

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