The White Pine High girls basketball team finished the first half of the league season last week with a perfect 7-0 mark.They had two road wins last week to complete the first half. On Friday, they took care of Incline, 51-30, and Saturday had an easy time in beating North Tahoe, 41-10.
Coach Justin Locke said he had been concerned about the game at Incline. The Ladycats split with Incline last year in league play and the Highlanders have one of the top shooters in the state for girls basketball in junior guard Taylor Redfern. She averages about 16 points per game and shoots 38 percent from 3-point range, tops in the 2A Northern Division.“But we had a good plan against them,” Locke said. “We were able to hold her to only seven points on four-of-11 on two-point shots and just 1-for-5 on three point shots.”
White Pine (16-0, 7-0) started off quick behind Hailey Ernest and Madison Rick. The girls blitzed Incline 20-5 in the first quarter and led 32-12 at halftime.“I put Lily Fullmer, our best defender, on Redfern with Trace Deeds as backup,” he said. “We play a man defense pretty much and we were able to hold our principles strong and not let her (Redfern) get any separation. She’s a great shooter from anywhere. Give her a little space and watch out. Fullmer and Deeds denied her all that.”
Ernest was high scorer for White Pine with 19 points and Madison Rick had 11 points. “Hailey was on that day,” Locke said. “She was 6-for-8 on three-point shots and had a couple of free throws also.”
At North Tahoe on Saturday, the Ladycats just proved too strong for the winless Lakers, allowing them only two points in each quarter except the third when they scored four. Madison Rick was game high for White Pine with 17 and Brittany Kingston contributed 10 points.
The second half of league play begins this weekend as both Bobcat teams travel to Yerington and Silver Stage, two teams struggling with each other to get the sixth and final spot in this years 2A Northern playoffs. White Pine girls had lopsided wins over both of them in mid-December. Hailey Ernest scored 19 points in leading White Pine to a win at Incline last week. The girls travel to Yerington and Silver Stage this weekend.