2012 was a good year for the Lincoln girls basketball team. The Cougars earned a trip to the State Tournament in Charleston. Yet with all the change around the high school sports scene over the last year, Lincoln is right back in the thick of things, looking to make it back to the capital city, on the heels of a player who Head Coach Rob Hawkins said, can do it all.
"The most valuable thing Emily gives us is, number one, she's such a versatile player. She can play any of the five positions on the floor, and has at some point throughout the season," Hawkins said.
"I play a couple other sports, so that keeps me in shape," Lincoln junior Emily Knight said. "As a team, we try to play in summer league and fall league to keep that bond up and continue to mesh."
The cougars offer three players who all score in double figures. Emily averages nearly 12 points per game, but she also helps out in other areas; rebounds, steals and total defense.
"Her effort that she puts forth every night," Hawkins added, "She's one of the best defenders around and she gives us that defensive effort every night. She's a great rebounder and she gives us that every night."
Lincoln is currently 10-3 and ranked eighth in Class AA. Their three losses came to some very good teams in Greenbrier East, Bridgeport and RCB. But when it comes time to step up, she has no doubt in her mind that this Lincoln team will meet the challenge.
"We have a tougher section this year, but there's no doubt that we'll be able to make it out and I feel very confident our team is going to work hard to get to the states again," Knight said. "We know what it's like and we're willing to do anything and everything to get back there again."