By Dave Maxwell and Garrett Estrada
Lincoln County Record and The Ely Times
Three teams are tied for the Division III Southern League standings as play picks up again this weekend in the new year.
Coach Krystal Smith said the Ladycats had an outstanding Christmas holiday break, winning two league games and a non-league game at Pahranagat Valley.
White Pine (10-0) was just too much for the smaller, younger Alamo girls from the outset and took a 49-27 win Dec. 30.
Coach Krystal Smith said coming in they felt Alamo’s Kalli Hosier would be a problem for them. “A tough ball handler and good shooter, but we had some pretty good one-on-one lock down defenders to put on her and wear her out.” Kadi Finicum was the one given the assignment and did a very good job, Smith said. “And Jenna Gubler also came in and really handled her well.” Hosier did not score in double figures.
Junior Debra Kingston was the leading scorer in the game with 14 points, and everyone contributed Smith said. Jamie Hansen was high for Pahranagat Valley with 10 points.
Kingston said the Bobcats played well together and had really good defense. We did really good against their press. It was really good for us.”
The girls are allowing an average of 20.9 points per game while scoring 48.4 points a game. White Pine has been in the state tournament each of the past four years including being runner-up twice.
Hansen said she thought the Pahranagat team did “pretty well at the beginning as we were running our plays. But I think we get in trouble when we don’t run our plays and at the end we kind of got a little crazy and didn’t play as a team. That’s our main problem, not playing as a team.”
Alamo coach Amy Huntsman said, “We had a lot of turnovers and errors ands were not shooting as well as we are capable of. White Pine is a good team. We are still a very young team with only one senior starter.”
The Bobcat girls finished their non-league schedule with West Wendover (4-9) on Wednesday and host Laughlin (5-5, 1-2) and co-leader Needles (12-4, 4-0) this Friday and Saturday, then play at Lincoln County (8-3, 4-0) Jan. 13
The Ladycats won another game on Saturday but it won’t do them much good in the standings. The current Ladycats defeated former Ladycats in an alumni game 40-35. .