The Ely Times
The White Pine High girls basketball team bounced back from their disappointing loss to Incline Jan. 25 to take a couple of widespread home victories last weekend.
The Ladycats had blowouts of both Pershing County, 47-23 and Coral Academy 46-12.
Coach Justin Locke said it was a pretty well rounded scoring game for his players against Pershing County, especially in light of what the Mustangs game plan was.
“They were in Eva Kingston’s face all night long, tight man-to-man, and it did have an effect on her game as she only scored two points. I’m surprised we haven’t had teams do that more against us this season. And with that, I thought we played our best offensive game of the season because that happened. What we did mostly was just create our offense in the run, improvise right then. I told Eva then to be more involved in the game without the ball, set screens, make the pass, fight for the rebound, etc.”
Madison Rick and Jill Van Tassell were the scoring leaders for White Pine with 14 and 12 points respectively. “We had a size advantage over Pershing County,” Locke said, “and we definitely utilized it.”
At the same the team was limiting the Mustangs to no more than nine points in any quarter.
The next game against a young and inexperienced Coral Academy team was a blowout also. The last time they played, Dec. 21 in Reno, the final was 41-8.
It was senior night for the Bobcats as they honored Madison Rick and Trace Deeds. Deeds recently suffered a season ending ACL injury, but was allowed to do the opening tip off before leaving the court.
The Bobcats now finish the season all on the road including at Yerington this Friday and a game at Silver Stage on Saturday.
They wrap up the season before the playoffs with a non-league game with Pahranagat Valley in Alamo Feb. 14.
“The Yerington game will be a tough one,” Locke said. “They beat us in non-league play in November and we won the first league game in Ely. I hope we don’t have a let down and can execute our plays well.”
And Silver Stage can be tough also, Locke noted. “Even though we won the games, we haven’t really played too well at their place.”
The six-team 2A Northern regional playoffs are scheduled for Feb. 21-23 at Sparks High School. The top two finalists advance to the state tournament March 1-2 at The Orleans in Las Vegas.