By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer

The White Pine High girls basektball team extended its win streak to eight games with a 58-20 win over North Tahoe on Jan. 31 before having it come to an end with a 46-31 loss to Incline on Feb. 1.

The Ladycats had little problem defeating the North Tahoe Lakers on the road. Coach Krystal Smith said the team played well together on both sides of the ball against North Tahoe, which resulted in the 38 point blowout win.

“I was pretty pleased with both our offensive and defensive efforts. No one scored in double figures for them, which was great,” Smith said. “Our bench got plenty of playing time too and they gave a great effort.”
Smith knew the game against the Highlanders of Incline was going to be a much different story. The team had spent the prior week practicing to face the hot shooters of Incline.

“I felt we had a really good week of preparation for them. We knew that they have some high scoring players. We had a contain plan on how to stop them,” Smith said.

The coach pointed to how the Ladycats started the game strong, jumping out to a 7-2 lead in the first quarter. However the Highlanders eventually found their rhythm and the momentum slipped away from the Ladycats in the second half.
“We held tough with them through the second quarter. Coming out of the locker room in the third quarter, they went on a 14-0 run which really put us behind. So we spent much of the third quarter playing catch up,” Smith said.
Highlander’s player Molly Franklin posed a defensive problem for the Ladycats. Smith said she wasn’t happy with the way the team failed to guard her, resulting in Franklin scoring a game high 21 points.

“We can’t win if she is going to score that many points by herself. She went on a scoring spree in the third quarter and we couldn’t keep up with her,” Smith said.
Ashlyn Huntington led the Ladycat with 9 points.

Looking ahead to the last three home games of the regular season, Smith said she’s excited to match up against some teams the Ladycats lost to earlier in the season.

“This weekend is a big weekend for us. Pershing County is the number two seed and Battle Mountain is the number four seed right now, so we expect to see them again in divisionals. Last time we played Pershing we didn’t play our best and lost by two on their home court, which is a tough place to play. We are looking forward to playing strong at home and really being a competitor,” Smith said.

The Ladycats play Pershing County on Thursday, Battle Mountain on Friday and end the regular season against West Wendover on Feb.11.