Robert Switzer
White Pine High’s Phoenix Ball goes up for a shot in a recent game.

The White Pine High girls basketball team rolled to their fourth straight win with a pair of league victories last weekend over Incline and North Tahoe.

Coach Justin Locke said because Incline doesn’t have a lot of height and “if we could contain their Taylor Redfern, we could do well with our own height.”

Eva Kingston scored 16 points for the Bobcats leading to a 39-22 win.

“Redfern wasn’t shooting well,” Locke said [only scoring six points]. “And I think our executing our good man defense had a lot to do with that.”

White Pine held Incline under double digits in each of the four quarters, and only allowed them seven points in the second half. “That was a surprise to me,” Locke said, “Incline had been a good scoring team prior to playing us.”

The next day against North Tahoe, Kingston again led the way with 12 points in a 50-19 blowout of the Lakers. Locke credited his defense with just not giving up points. North Tahoe only scored more than five points once, and that in the fourth quarter.

Locke said, “North Tahoe is a program with a lot of young players who often don’t have any basketball experience until high school, and only this year did they start a girls JV program. Fundamentally, they are just not where some of the other teams are already.”

This weekend, the Bobcats (13-1, 6-0) are at home again facing Yerington (12-5, 5-1) and Silver Stage (5-5, 2-4).

White Pine edged Yerington 44-40 Nov. 30 at the Mineral County tournament in Hawthorne. Locke said he thinks the Lions will be definitely improved over their first meeting. “We certainly want to maintain our dominance at home in league action.”

It’s the first meeting of the season with Silver Stage and they have a new coach who has been in the program for awhile but not as head coach.