Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine High girls’ basketball team finished its regular season with a 58-16 win over West Wendover on senior night at home on Feb. 11.
The win caps off the Ladycat’s season with a 10-4 division record, good enough for third place heading into Friday’s playoff game against the second place Pershing County Mustangs. A win against the Mustangs would earn the team a berth into the state championship tournament.
The blowout win on senior night might have been against a struggling 2-22 West Wendover team, but the Ladycat’s dominance on defense was still something to be proud of, coach Krystal Smith said. The Ladycats held the Wolverines to just 18 percent shooting, only allowing five or less points in each quarter.
“We played much better defense than the first time we played them. It was a great team effort,” Smith said.
The Ladycats also shot the ball well. Led by Ashlyn Huntington’s 15 points, seven Ladycats finished the game in the scoring column.
Smith hopes that the extra game time for her bench players, along with an aggressive defensive game plan, will help the team accomplish something they haven’t done all year: beat Pershing County.
The teams have met three times so far this season. After a nine-point loss to the Mustangs in the preseason, the Ladycats came within two on the road back on Jan. 10 in a 36-34 loss. They most recently played at home against the Mustangs on Feb. 7, losing 53-40.
The Ladycats will face off against the Pershing County Mustangs at 3 p.m. in Battle Mountain on Friday.