The White Pine girls’ basketball team dominated visiting Laughlin on Friday, Feb. 5. A stifling defense and plenty of steals led to the Ladycats’ lopsided win, 54-9. Senior Debra Kingston scored 15 points. Senior Ashlyn Huntington scored 12 and junior Mikinley Prengel grabbed nine rebounds.

“I’m really impressed with our quick start,” Coach Krystal Smith said after the game. “We got offensive rebounds consistently to get easier baskets. We made some pretty good looking early passes and we pride ourselves on defensive pressure.”

The next day, Saturday, Feb. 6, the Ladycats pulled off a tough win over rival Needles, Calif. that saw multiple technical fouls and crowd warnings, as well as ejections of a Needles fan and the team’s head coach.

The Ladycats won 57-53. Huntington scored 27 and got six rebounds. Senior Emily Bischoff and junior Haylee Andre also grabbed six rebounds each.

“I knew they were bringing everything they had,” Smith said about her opponents. “We were tough and physical, and putting in our free throws was enough for the win today. Ashlyn put her team on her back and had the will and desire not to lose. Jenna Gubler also played standout defense.”

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Ladycats handed rival Lincoln County their first league loss in another close game, 54-50.

Bischoff scored 14 and sophomore Britney Kingston scored 12.

“We knew it would be close,” Smith said. “We played really good defense. They have a strong offensive threat and the next time we see them, we’re going to have to find a better way to shut her down. Mikinley came off the bench for her first start, and Emily and Britney both had huge games offensively and defensively.”

The Ladycats are 13-2 in the Division III Southern league, and in second place overall behind league leader Lincoln County. Overall, they are 22-5. They host Pahranagat Valley on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6:00 p.m. for the last regular season home game of the year. They travel to Las Vegas to play Agassi Prep on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 3:00 p.m. to close the season.