The White Pine High School Ladycats continued their dominance on the home court, winning games against Laughlin on Jan. 9 and Needles on Jan. 10 to remain unbeaten on their home floor. The road proved to be more difficult for the Ladycats (13-1, 6-1) however, suffering their first loss of the season to Lincoln Tuesday evening.
The weekend games started with a lopsided 44-7 win over Laughlin. The 7 points the Ladycats defense allowed is the fewest of any opponent they have faced so far this season.
Saturday’s home game against Needles proved to be a different story.
“We came out slow and we were committing too many turnovers on offense in the first quarter,” Coach Krystal Smith said of the Ladycats first eight minutes against the Mustangs.
The Ladycats difficulties on offense led to a 9-4 deficit at the end of the first quarter. The Mustangs continued to pressure the Ladycat’s ball handlers early into the second, causing Smith to call a timeout.
“I just told them to relax and get their heads back in the game,” the coach said.
Things began to shift from there. The Ladycats tightened up on defense and by halftime the game was tied. The Ladycat’s never looked back from that point.
“In the locker room I told the girls that this is the kind of game that they had been waiting for,” Smith said.
The Ladycats responded, dramatically reducing their turnovers on offense and causing more of them on defense on their way to their 44-35 win.
The coach was not available for comment on the Ladycats’ Tuesday night loss as of press time.