A meeting of last year’s girls basketball 2A state finalists took place Dec. 13 in Ely. White Pine High and the Lincoln County High locked up for a non-league game. It’s their only planned meeting of the season.
White Pine jumped out to a 12-2 and led 18-6 at the end of the first quarter. They simply dominated the Lynx, leading at one point in the third quarter 31-16.
The final was 38-26, and the Lynx were never really able to close the gap much from the first quarter deficit.
Bobcat coach Justin Locke said, “We didn’t do all that I’d like to see us do well, but were playing a pretty tough man to man defense. We expected Lincoln County would be gunning for us since losing in the state championship, but we held them down pretty good defensively, keeping them from catching up.”
White Pine now leads in the series with Lincoln County 15-12 and have won the last three meetings.
On Dec. 11, the Ladycats played their first league game of the year and took a 42-28 win over West Wendover. “We were a bit rusty, not playing as well as I’d like,” he said.
Eva Kingston led the team with 12 points and the team was 5-for-9 at the foul line.
Locke has stated the goal for the season is to hold the opponent to 35 points or less, and so far the girls have been able to do that except the one game with Yerington where they gave up 40 points.
But against Battle Mountain on Dec. 15, it was back to 35 in beating the Longhorns 51-36.
And this was definitely a game of two halfs. Battle Mountain came out firing and took at 26-21 halftime lead. The second half belonged to the Bobcats, outscoring the Longhorns 29-10.
Madison Rick led the way with 20 points, and Kingston contributed 10. Locke said, “I thought we were a bit of a matchup problem for Battle Mountain. They don’t have the height that is going to be needed to compete for the top spots. Understanding that, we were able to feed the ball often to Rick [5 ft,11] to make that second half so successful for us. And it was my bench also, Mia Kemmler, Rachel Jones and Olivia Hendrix, who sparked us there in the second half. We were hitting the outside shots, including the three-pointers.”
This weekend, Dec. 20-21, the girls are on the road for a couple of league games with Pershing County and Coral Academy in Reno.
Then after Christmas, they participate in the Varsity Elite McQueen tournament in Reno Dec. 27-29.
Their next league games will be in Ely Jan. 4-5 hosting Incline and North Tahoe.