The White Pine High girls basketball team had only three games at the Serpent Classic tournament in Hawthorne instead of four.
Coach Justin Locke said White Pine was not expecting to be attending, but did go, “and the tournament director did his best to find games for us, albeit only three.”
But of those three games the girls did play, they won each one. First, a 48-22 drubbing of Pershing County, followed by a thrilling 44-40 win over league rival Yerington and a 52-18 blowout of Pyramid Lake.
Individual stats were not posted.
Madison Rick and Trace Deeds are the two seniors on the White Pine team and Locke said, “I was happy with the vocal leadership role they displayed during and after the game.Encouraging the other players as to what we need to do better.”
Pershing County is a young team and White Pine was able to score twice as many points in each half at the Mustangs and we took advantage of our being taller.”
The second game with Yerington was tied 23 at halftime. “We trailed a majority of the first half, not doing very well at the time, but part of that was likely to our having played the last game Friday night, then having to turn around for the first game Saturday morning, but our defense kept us in there by halftime.”
In the second half, Locke said White Pine took control, built at 8-point lead with four minutes to go, but Yerington was able to tie the game with 58 seconds remaining. “But we scored quickly to take the lead and managed several free throws at the end to pull out the win,” Locke said.
It was the 13th consecutive win over the Lions since 2010. They’ll play twice again in league.
The final game for the girls at Hawthorne was with an outmanned and younger Pyramid Lake team. The White Pine defense completely shut down the Lakers in the second half, allowing Pyramid Lake only 3 points in a 52 -18 loss.
Locke played a number of the younger players much of the game with sophomore Mia Kemmler being game-high with 12 points. Rachel Jones and Jill Van tassell both contributed eight points.
Locke said Pyramid Lake had an 11-10 lead in the first four minutes, but the Lady Bobcats only allowed the Lakers seven more points the rest of the game.
White Pine is off this weekend but return to action next week with three homes games. First a league match up with West Wendover Dec. 11, then a non-league game with Lincoln County Dec. 13 and a league game against Battle Mountain Dec. 15.