"There was a lot of pressure on the young man to get his first start in a big district game and the team needing a win, but I thought he did an outstanding job," the Lincoln coach said. "He was able to get us into our offense and his defense was adequate. In fact, the defense was much better than at Garrard County. We needed a jump start and he was able to provide that for us."
Shooting, or the lack of it, was a major problem during the Patriots' losing streak. True scored nine first quarter points while Nathan Norman added five as Lincoln (6-6) was 4-for-7 from the field and 8-for-10 at the foul line to grab a 16-10 lead after one period.
Boyle couldn't find the basket and missed 11 of its first 15 shots and finished just 13-for-52 from the field, a 25 percent mark.
"We need to get better shooting the ball," Boyle coach Andy Moberly said. "For the first time all year, I thought we took some questionable shots. There were several times where we rushed shots instead of being under control."
Moberly said his team didn't have an answer for True in the first quarter.
"Our backside help didn't double him when he touched the ball down low," the Boyle coach said. "He just dominated the first quarter."
Lincoln led by six at half
Still, Boyle stayed within six points (21-15) at the half. Lincoln's normally reliable 3-point shooting tandem of Chris Hart and Norman was 0-for-11 from beyond the arc in the first half. Jackson, though, said it was just a matter of getting their confidence back.
"Chris seems to rushing some of his shots and not stepping into it," Jackson said. "We need his shooting for us to continue to be successful. We need that presence of an inside-out game with Jonathan. Chris will come out of his slump. He is too good of a shooter not to."
Lincoln worked hard to get the ball inside in the third period and grabbed its largest lead at 33-22 as the third quarter came to a close.
True scored five points and Norman added four as Lincoln made five of eight shots during the period. Boyle was able to get off seven more shots at the basket during the frame, but managed to hit only twice.
Boyle's Blake Jones tried to shoot the Rebels back in the game in the fourth quarter. He scored nine of his game-high 19 points during the stanza and Boyle (2-6) pulled within four at 37-33 when Moberly said the one of the keys to the game happened.
"We were down by four points when they rebounded twice on the missed free throws and they scored both times," Moberly said. "Instead of having a chance to cut into the lead, they scored to make it a six-point game. Because we couldn't rebound, we couldn't force them to do something different. Missed opportunities and the fact they outscored us 20-13 at the free throw line were the big keys to the game."
Both coaches said the 45th District race appears to be up for grabs.
"If this game is any indication, this district is going to be wide open. Any one of the teams can win it," Moberly said.
"We really needed this win and the kids battled hard to get it. We have a tough game Friday against Casey County and hopefully we'll get the effort we got tonight," Jackson said.
True grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots as Lincoln won the rebounding battle 36-32. Brandon Smith led Boyle with five. The Patriots committed 17 turnovers compared to 12 for Boyle.
BOYLE (2-6) - Seth Tamme 4, Blake Jones 19, Daniel Potts 5, David White 3, Brian Stead 2, Zach Cooley 4, Derek Vonckx 4, Brandon Smith 1.
LINCOLN (6-6) - Jared Long 6, Matt Reynolds 3, Chris Hart 7, Nathan Norman 15, Jonathan True 16.