The White Pine High School Ladycats basketball team got payback Tuesday night on the only team that has beaten them this season, their rival Lincoln High School.
After suffering a close 40-37 road loss to the Ladylynx on Jan. 13, coach Krystal Smith there was a real motivation for the team to come out and get a win on their home court.
“It’s Lincoln, enough said,” Smith said of the two schools’ rivalry. “We had our backs against the wall after that first game but our girls really stepped up tonight.”
The Ladycats won the game 50-41 without several of their major role players, including their top scorer Debra Kingston.
“We had a dwindled bench but we didn’t hang our heads. It provided a great opportunity for our other scorers to step in and play tough,” the coach said.
One of those players was junior wing Kadi Finicum, who impressed Smith during her extended minutes playing on offense.
“I feel like the game was a chance for us to prove that we could still play our game even without some of our top players,” Finicum said.
“This game helped me realize that I can be a threat not just on defense but on offense too.”
Without the presence of Kingston in the paint, the Ladycats turned to the team’s other leading scorer in Ashlyn Huntington to drive to the hoop against the physical and taller Ladylynx. Huntington said that seeing some of her teammates being unable to play made her have to step up her game.
“I wanted to play for them,” Huntington said.
The Ladycats will continue to play with a limited bench at home against Mountain View Christian on Friday at 6 p.m. and again against Lake Mead Academy on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.