White Pine High’s boys basketball team lost two home games the weekend of Jan. 4-5, and one was a heartbreaking one-point loss.

Losing to Incline, 66-38 on Friday was right in character for the Highlanders as they are one of top teams in Class 2A right now.

Losing 51-50 to North Tahoe though was a game that went right down to the final seconds and could have gone White Pine’s way just as easily.

“Incline came out strong in the first half,” said Bobcat coach Terrill Trask as they built a 45-20 lead and extended it in the third quarter to 63-27 at that point.

But the next night, Incline lost 56-50 at league-leader West Wendover. Trask said Incline is competing with West Wendover for the top two spots in the playoffs.“They have some big guys that really just penetrated to the basket on us and dished the ball off when needed.”

Over the holiday break, Trask said many of the Bobcats were away on family trips, “and we didn’t have a full team until the last two days of practice.”

North Tahoe had the lead most of what turned out to be a tight game with the Bobcats. Trask said, “We were down by three, Jaden Brewer got fouled, made the free throws, but then we made a mental mistake in fouling too early giving North Tahoe a chance to win at the end, and they did. But we missed a lot of free throws in that game also that really hurt us.”

However, Trask said, “Kincaid Waggoner played well inside and rebounded well for us against the taller player from North Tahoe and held him to less than 10 points. Impressed with him stepping up and playing big minutes for me.”

It’s home action for the Bobcats this Friday and Saturday as they host Yerington and Silver Stage.

White Pine lost to Yerington 67-33 at the Hawthorne tournament Nov. 30. It will be the first meeting of the season between the Bobcats and Silver Stage.

West Wendover and Incline lead the league at present, but Trask said “places 4, 5, 6 in the league are really up for grabs and I think it’s going to come down to between ourselves, North Tahoe, Silver Stage and Battle Mountain for the last three spots.” The six-team northern playoffs will be Feb. 21-23 at Sparks High School.