Lincoln Lady Golden Bears seeking healthy return
by LAVONTE YOUNG
LINCOLN- Getting healthy will be vital to the Lincoln Lady Golden Bears success in 2013. An early season injury has slowed down Lincoln’s scoring machine Ty Sillmon. Before being sidelined, she was honored for scoring her 1,000th career point in the black and gold.

“It is a great accomplishment not just for me, but for my team,” Sillmon said. “They trust me enough to put the ball in my hands and I just do what they ask me to do-score. It feels good for me and my team.”

Lincoln head coach Chad Bynum is elated about Sillmon’s accomplishment.

“I could not be prouder of her and her accomplishment,” Bynum said. “I consider it my honor just to be here to witness it. Ty is very deserving of this accomplishment. She works hard, plays hurt and always puts her team ahead of herself. As a coach you never want to put one player above another but you cannot deny the fact that her point production is a huge factor in the success we have enjoyed the last few years.”

Lincoln started out the season 4-1, but an injury to Sillmon against Munford started the downward spiral for Lincoln. Sillmon suffered a high ankle sprain, which sidelined her for a couple of weeks. The Lady Golden Bears went 0-6 during that period.

“It started out great, but right now we are having a lot of ups and downs mainly, because our healthy, Sillmon said. “Once we get our health back, we are going to be that team like we started out.”

With Sillmon healthy, Lincoln has one of the best backcourt duos in the area. Point guard Kierra Groce runs the show and averages 20 points per game, while Sillmon averages 21 points per game. Sillmon believes having Groce on the court makes her job easier at times.

“It opens me up a little bit,” Sillmon said. “Some times a team will run a box and one on me and her at the same time. I think our three can go against there three and be better.”

Staying healthy and making the postseason are two of the Lady Golden Bears resolutions for the 2013.

“We are trying to go to the playoffs this year,” Sillmon said. “I think we have everything we need to make the playoffs. We have a point guard, shooters, post players and we have good defense. We have the keys, we just have to work together and with that we can go to the playoffs.”

Lincoln kicks off the second half of the season on Thursday against Weaver at 5:30 p.m. Lincoln defeated Weaver in late November 50-20. The Lady Golden Bears open area play on Friday at Anniston.

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