It was Boyle's sixth consecutive loss, and third consecutive game in which it failed to score 40 points. Coach Judie Mason said that while her team has been practicing well, it didn't translate into the game Friday.
"Where we have been shooting well and we have been practicing well, I think the girls just were dumbfounded that they weren't going in and that we were doing so bad," Mason said. "Then we started standing around. With this team, when something goes wrong, it kind of snowballs.
"The first few shots we missed, they were like, 'Oh my gosh, why are these not going in,' and with teenagers, when they start thinking, you're in trouble."
Lincoln (6-12, 2-2) wasn't having much trouble at all. The Pats were 6-for-13 from the field in the first quarter to open up a 12-7 lead. From the 2:38 mark of first quarter until the 4:23 mark of the second, Boyle failed to score as Lincoln ran off a 12-0 spurt to extend its lead to 16-7.
Boyle hit another basket at the 2:52 mark to get to within 16-11, but wouldn't score another field goaluntil the 3:08 mark of the third quarter. Lincoln outscored Boyle 12-1 in that stretch.
Lincoln's Jenny Jones said the Patriots had really been working on their defense.
"We got a little bit of confidence playing against Somerset," Jones said. "We started doing what coach asked us to do, and when you do those things, you win. Against Somerset, we did those things well, so we wanted to do it again."
"That was the whole game," Mason said. "If we can't shoot, we can't get into our press. We've been shooting the ball good in practice. We got shots, we just couldn't make them. If our shots go, it's a completely different game."
Lincoln had 15 more rebounds
Boyle was 4-for-26 (15.3 percent) in the second and third quarters and was outrebounded 21-12. For the game, Lincoln won the battle of the boards 46-31 behind 14 rebounds from Jones.
"We knew going in that we had to work hard and box out like we've been practicing. It paid off," Jones said.
Lincoln led 35-17 after three quarters, but Allie Hafley hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter and get Boyle within 15 points. However, the Pats scored the next 14 points to make it a 29-point deficit.
"I was sitting on the bench in the third quarter, and I was thinking, 'We're not going to let this happen. It's happened before and it's not going to happen again,'" Jones said. "Teams had been coming back on us, but that's not our style of play any more."
Jenny Ralston led Lincoln with 14 points and Jamie Duncan scored 10 as the Patriots finished the game 19 of 50 (38 percent) from the field. They also hit 11 of 19 free throws and had 11 assists and 10 steals.
Duncan had four assists and five steals, while Jessica Ryan added eight rebounds.
Boyle was 10 of 53 from the field. Hafley's nine points led the Rebels, while Tiffany Webb had a team-high five rebounds.
Now Boyle turns its attention to Monday, when the Rebels will host Mason's former team, Somerset.
"Everyone's going to be looking to Monday night now," Mason said. "Somerset is coming to the house. They got beat in the All "A" for the first time in seven years, and they're going to be ready for me. Hopefully our girls can match their intensity."
LINCOLN (6-12) - Jenny Ralston 14, Jamie Duncan 10, Megan Pitts 3, Jenny Jones 8, Kendra Garris 1, Jessica Ryan 8, Gwen Hardwick 5, Shawna Noakes 2.
BOYLE (4-10) - Allie Hafley 9, Kate Edmiston 2, Hayley Hellyer 2, C.C. Leffew 5, Tiffany Webb 1, Amber Mills 5, Cassie Anderson 2.