The varsity and junior varsity Ladycat basketball teams scrimmage against each other in a practice on Tuesday. Garrett Estrada photo

The varsity and junior varsity Ladycat basketball teams scrimmage against each other in a practice on Tuesday. Garrett Estrada photo

basketball team returned home from a two game trip to Las Vegas with two blowout victories to start their season. A quick glance at the scores from the road trip wins would indicate that the Ladycats got off to a healthy start, but coach Krystal Smith knows better.

In her words, the trip was a “tale of two starts.”

The first of which came on Friday, when the Ladycats squared off against Mountain View Christian.

“The first game we came out strong. We built up a decent lead going into halftime and from there we were able to do good things,” Smith said of the Ladycats 57-33 win over the Mountain View Saints.

The coach said that she was happy with the defensive intensity the Ladycats brought against the Saints on Friday. She didn’t know much the team’s defense would factor in to the team’s next game at Lake Mead Academy on Saturday.

“The Saturday game got off to a much slower start. We finished the first quarter down seven or eight points and things didn’t get much better in the second,” Smith said. “However we picked things up after halftime and our defense only allowed 4 points in the second half, so that really brought us back into the game.”

The Ladycats would go on to win the game against the Lake Mead Eagles 45-17. Smith credited junior Ashlyn Huntington for leading the team  and stepping up on defense in the later stages of the game to help the Ladycats secure the victory.

“She put forth a great defensive performance and led us in scoring. She got some steals and baskets in transition that got us going later in the game,” the coach said.

The two conference wins add onto the five preseason victories the team has compiled so far this season. Smith said at a team practice that being undefeated is great, but can also lead to laziness and complacency.

Senior Jaden Ernest agreed with the coach, saying that it can be easy to get over confident when the team has yet to lose together, but that the thrill of playing well in front of a home crowd has kept her and her teammates plenty motivated going into their next two games.

“It can be hard to keep everyone excited during practice because we all know that we will play well on game day, but it is really exciting getting ready for homes games,” Ernest said.

The Ladycats will get a chance to keep their strong season start going against The Meadows on Friday at 6 p.m. inside the White Pine High School gymnasium and again on Saturday against Calvary Chapel Christian at 12:30 p.m.