The White Pine High girls basketball team is rolling along toward a season like they have not had in recent memory, a perfect regular season record.
At present, the girls are 18-0 on the season.
The previous best for the team was a 25-2 mark during the state championship year under coach Krystal Smith in 2015. That team went 13-0 before losing.
But it isn’t going to be any easier for this years team. The girls have games at Battle Mountain and Pershing County in February and holding only a one or two game lead over them before the new six-team playoff format begins.
Last week, the Ladycats (18-0, 9-0) were on the road for an easy 61-26 win at Yerington followed by a tougher 48-35 win at Silver Stage.
At Yerington, freshman Eva Kingston led the way with a game-high 19 points. Lily Fullmer tallied 12 points and Madison Rick had 11. White Pine jumped out to an 18-9 first quarter lead and a 35-16 halftime lead.
Coach Justin Locke said Kingston was shooting the ball behind the arc and connected on three out of four shots in the second quarter. “She was feeling her shots that day anc doing a good job leading the offense.” he said.
At Silver Stage, it was tougher. The Nighthawks had a 15-13 first quarter lead, but White Pine tightened their defense and allowed Silver Stage only five points in each the second and fourth quarters. Locke said historically, playing at Silver Stage is tough. “Every time we go in there it’s a tough game. Us being the No. 1 seed, teams tend to play up to that challenge and we haven’t played very well in their gym.”Madison Rick led the way with 18 points. Hailey Ernest had 10. Dominique Connelly had 20 points for Silver Stage.This week, the girls are home to face last-place North Tahoe (1-14, 0-9) and Incline (8-9, 3-5), both of whom they beat just two weeks ago.
As noted, in February the Lady Bobcats will be on the road for important games at Battle Mountain and Pershing County and be at home to face West Wendover.
They wrap up the season with a non-league affair Feb. 10 hosting Pahranagat Valley, a game both teams will use as a tune-up for their respective league tournaments. The 2A Northern tournament will be Feb. 15-17 in Elko.