After grabbing an early lead, Lincoln never trailed again, and the Alices gradually pulled away from Evansville Mater Dei, 52-36, at Adams Coliseum on Saturday.

Sam Corrona led Lincoln in scoring for the second straight game with 15 points, Brayden Seger scored 11, and Spencer Corrona had all 10 of his points in the first half.

"Our guys executed really well," Lincoln coach Josh Thompson said. "I'm just proud of them for following the game plan on both ends of the floor. We can plan and implement a game plan, but the kids are the ones that have to execute it. I told them that if I had a game ball to give out, I couldn't give it to just one of them. I'd have to give it to all of them.

"This was a tough, gritty win. We played Vincennes basketball tonight."

Lincoln (2-0) trailed, 4-3, when Seger knocked in a 3-pointer to make it 6-4, and the Alices never trailed again. The game was tied at nine, but another trifecta from Seger helped Lincoln take a 12-11 lead after one quarter.

The Corrona brothers paced Lincoln in the second quarter, combining for 12 of the Alices 14 points in the period. A three-point play from Spencer Corrona late in the quarter took the lead up to 24-16, and the Alices held the eight-point margin at halftime, 26-18.

The Wildcats got their deficit down to four early in the third period, but Lincoln quickly extended it back to eight. The Alices tallied the final six points of the quarter, including Sam Corrona's 3-pointer with three seconds left on the clock, and Lincoln led, 38-26.

Mater Dei (0-1) got as close as nine points in the final period, but another 3-pointer from Sam Corrona proved to be the dagger, putting the Alices ahead, 45-31, with a little over four minutes to play. Lincoln scored its final eight points from the free throw line and netted 10-of-11 in the final stanza.

Lincoln won the junior varsity game, 49-42. Emmanuel Smith and Ethan Bushey each scored 11 points for the Alices (2-0).

Lincoln plays at Evansville Reitz at 6:30 p.m. next Friday.

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