Brittany Defran, Correspondent (@ on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – You could tell all eyes were on the Lincoln High School basketball last night as the controversy concerning the Trojans head coach still remained in the air on senior night.
The Trojans faced the Godby Cougars (22-1) at home in their last non-conference game of the season. Lincoln would put up a great fight early, but ultimately came up short, losing 38-48.
The night began with the honoring of eight senior players for the Trojans and highlighted their next steps as they move onto the next journey of their careers.
It was a quick start to the game for Lincoln as they are known for starting off games fast and strong. The Trojans would take the lead with junior Trinton Bryant opening the game with a shot from behind the three-point line. The Cougars with a shooting average of 65% fought to catch up to Lincoln.
Lincoln went on a 7-0 run with only 3:40 left in the first period.
The Trojans struggled to control the ball in the beginning of the second period, causing multiple turnovers and allowing the Cougars to gain the lead going into the halftime, 22-25.
As the third period of the game commenced, it seemed as if Lincoln had lost their momentum. And, was then now trailing behind Godby.
The Trojan senior Dwight Wilson, who averages 16.1 points per game at center, shot back-to-back layups putting the Trojans right behind the Cougars, 28-29 with 5:30 left in the third period.
The Cougars would control the lead at the start of the final period.
Senior Derrion Fluka for the Trojans seemed to help get his teams momentum back-up in the fourth period. The 6-9 power forward Derrion Fluka was not only a key player in the game, but was also honored Wednesday as he signed his commitment letter for a full-ride scholarship to Madison University.
Both seniors Fluka and Wilson stepped up in the fourth period of the game helping the Trojans battle back to bring the Trojans within 10-points during the final stretch. But, it wouldn’t be enough.
They both would combine for a total of 20-points of the Trojans’ 38-points.
The No. 6 ranked team in the state now moves onto next weeks district tournaments with a fresh start in the postseason.
After the game, Lincoln interim coach Clemon Johnson reminded his team that the Cougars, who are ranked No. 5 in the state, are not Lincoln’s district opponents.