The weekend before Christmas, Dec. 20-21, the White Pine teams, boys and girls, were off on the road for a couple of league games with Pershing County and Coral Academy in Reno.
On the girls side, the Ladycats stayed perfect on the year, 8-0, with lopsided victories over Pershing County and Coral Academy.
They took a 41-26 win over the Mustangs, and a 41-8 shelling of Coral Academy.
Coach Justin Locke said, “We came out a little slow in much of the first half, with Pershing County even having a lead into the second quarter, but then our size, strength and athleticism started to wear them down and we started hitting the timely shots and getting back to what we do well with our defense. Eva Kingston and Mia Kemmler definitely led the way for us in our transition, fast break offense. I think four times they had a 2-on-1 situation, which they converted each time. Mia is good on defense, and equally good on the offensive end, too. Small as she is, she still knows where to be for the rebound and a put back.
“We came out following halftime and shut them down quite a bit as well as getting our own offense going.”
Coral Academy is a new school in Reno, first year in the league following the probationary independent status. “They played hard and scrappy, just not very talented not up to the skill level we are used to seeing. We did what we needed to do to get the win and played some of the younger players in the second half,” said Locke.
In between Christmas and New Year’s, the Ladycats are participating in the Varsity Elite McQueen tournament in Reno Dec. 27-29.
Locke said, “We’ll be enjoying a little 4A competition in Reno that will help get us ready for our showdown with second place Incline (10-1) in Ely Jan. 4. “It’ll be a nice tune-up for us. We’ll have four good games there in Reno.”
On the boys side, stats were not posted, except to show that the Bobcat boys won the game at Pershing County 53-38, but no score for the Coral Academy game.
The Bobcat boys do not have any games over the Christmas break, with their next action being against Incline and North Tahoe Jan. 4-5.