Lincoln Prep Girls Basketball Garners Regional Recognition

Pair of Blue Tigers Nominated for McDonald's All American Games


Kansas City, January 23, 2020: ┬áThe Blue Tigers are taking flight, but they’re not taking anything for granted.

The Lincoln College Preparatory Academy girls basketball squad is leading the Interscholastic League midway through the season with a 4-0 conference record (8-2 overall). This follows the team’s charge last season to the state championship game. Their ongoing success has started to garner some well-earned regional and national attention.

The squad is being honored as the Hy-Vee/Fox 4 Team of the Week. Fox 4 reporter Jessica Eley and a representative from Hy-Vee came to team practice on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 22, to present the award. The ceremony will be broadcast during the Fox 4 news at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.

“This recognition means a whole lot to the entire team,” head coach Jeff Atkins said. “But we’re not resting on our success. Every other team in the conference has a lot of talent and we need to keep focusing on getting better.”

Lincoln Prep girls basketball player Amari Conn, far right, sets up to take a shot.

Earlier this month, coach Atkins revealed that Lincoln Prep players Amari Conn and Anjanee Bradley have been nominated for the prestigious McDonalds All American Games. Only the very best high school players in the nation are even nominated for this event.

Last fall, Ms. Conn signed a letter-of-intent to attend and play basketball at Texas Christian University. She only recently returned to action for Lincoln Prep after injuring her ACL. The team’s success despite not having one of its star players says a lot about their resiliency and work ethic.

“This whole team works hard, and it’s nice to get recognized for that effort,” Conn said. “We all come together and play well, from our freshmen to our seniors. We can still get better, though. You can’t stop trying to improve your game.”

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