Fairmont Senior girls’ head basketball coach Corey Hines knew coming into Thursday night’s contest that his team couldn’t overlook visiting Class AA Lincoln.

The No. 7 Polar Bears and Lincoln played a close, hard-fought game before FSHS finally broke open a close game in the second half to defeat the Cougars, 61-44.

“That’s a very tough team,” Hines said. “They are one of the best AA teams around here, and they play in all our summer leagues and tournaments. They are a team I root for, except when they are playing us. So this is a nice win. A hard-fought win for us.”

It was slow going in the first half for both teams.

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