The White Pine High girls’ basketball team won its second consecutive state championship Saturday, Feb. 27, by the slimmest of margins. The Ladycats defeated Incline, 44-43, at the Lawlor Events Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Senior Ashlyn Huntington proved the deciding factor at the end. With 44 seconds remaining in the game, she scored a three-point shot to put the Ladycats up 42-40. Incline responded by making three straight free throws to take a one point lead, then fouled Huntington as she drove the ball with nine seconds left. She made both free throws and the Ladycat defense held until the buzzer.
Senior Debra Kingston scored 20 and grabbed 11 rebounds. Huntington finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Ladycats beat West Wendover in the semifinal game the day before, 45-27.
Huntington led with 15 points, and seniors Debra Kingston and Emily Bischoff each grabbed seven rebounds.
The team finished the season with a 27-6 record, and went 13-3 in league play.
On Monday afternoon, Jody Finicum pulled down the 60 x 20-foot banner he had hung from the cliffs on U.S. Highway 50 west of town, its mission for the girls accomplished.
“Go Ladycats! Bring it home again!” it read, recently updated with “Back 2 Back.”