White Pine High’s girls basketball team won the game they wanted last week, at Battle Mountain, 37-26, but it was a low scoring affair. Coach Justin Locke said, “our mid-range shooting game was just not working in the first half.”
And it wasn’t working well for the Longhorns either as Battle Mountain only had a 17-16 halftime lead.
“We were getting some great looks inside to Madi Ricks, but nothing from about 15 out,” Locke said. “That has been what has opened the game for us at other times. We hit two or three of those early and get the inside out game going, but not this time. It let Battle Mountain hang around, but they are always tough at their place.”
White Pine is usually taller than many of the 2A teams they play, which is good both offensively and defensively and while it did help against Battle Mountain, the Ladycats inability to score from the outside is what accounted for the low score.
Locke said, “The points we did give up were due to our own turnovers caused by the zone press they were using.”
He said also he liked facing the zone press, turnovers notwithstanding, because, “We made the proper adjustments to not be bothered much thereafter and finished the game pretty well on that issue. It was nice to have a team press us for the whole game so we can start getting that practice. We’re likely to see it in the regional tournament again as well as at the state tournament.”
White Pine had a 25-21 lead after three quarters, but Ricks showed strong in the fourth quarter, getting six of her 13 points that period. For the game, Mandy Van Tassell contributed nine points and Eva Kingston had eight.
This Friday and Saturday, the girls (17-1, 10-0) are on the road to Incline and North Tahoe. Incline (14-2, 8-1) is second place behind White Pine. This is the second meeting since White Pine won the first game 39-22 in Ely Jan. 4.
The Ladycats have beaten Incline the last six straight meetings and nine of the last 10.