The White Pine High girls’ basketball team swept two games in Las Vegas last weekend, beating The Meadows on Jan. 29, 61-20, and then following up with a 64-18 victory over Calvary Chapel Christian on Jan. 30.
Freshman Madison Rick led the Ladycats to the victory over The Meadows with 13 points, and senior Debra Kingston reliably earned 11.
Against Calvary Chapel, senior Emily Bischoff scored 17 and senior Ashlyn Huntington added 13.
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Ladycats started their homestand when Eureka County arrived.
They hit the halftime locker room up 25-22, but such a slim lead is not part of Coach Krystal Smith’s strategy to repeat as state champions. The girls’ defense allowed 15 points in the first quarter.
“We focused on their leading scorer,” Smith said. “She scored 13 in the first half and we held her to zero in the second. We worked on identifying and slowing them down. We had trouble with offensive rebounds and we talked at halftime, and the team responded.”
The Ladycats took over the second half, winning 51-36. Seniors Kadi Finicum and Emily Bischoff each scored 10, while senior Ashlyn Huntington added eight points and grabbed five rebounds. Sophomore Britney Kingston blocked two shots.
The girls currently hold third place in the Division III Southern League, with a 10-2 league record. They lost to league leader Lincoln County by one point and to second place Needles, Calif. by three. They still boast the best defense in the league, with only 233 points allowed this season. They are 19-5 overall.
The Ladycats host Laughlin on Friday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. The next day, Saturday, Feb. 6, they host Needles, Calif. at 3 p.m.
League leader Lincoln County comes to town Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. followed by Pahranagat Valley on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.
White Pine will hold a fundraiser during the Thursday game for Tyce Campbell, a 2-year-old boy suffering from rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer. Tyce, son of Alamo locals Brad and Amy is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Salt Lake City. Gate admissions and concession proceeds will be donated to the family for medical costs, and t-shirts will be available for sale.