The Ely Times
Hoping to get the sixth and final berth into the 2A Northern division playoffs that began this week in Reno, the White Pine High boys basketball team first had a regular season finale, a non-conference meeting with the Pahranagat Valley Panthers in Alamo.
Pahranagat won the game, 60-46.
Coach Terrill Trask said the team still has a chance to make it into the six-team 2A Northern division playoffs by having a play-in game earlier this week with North Tahoe or Battle Mountain.
Against Pahranagat Valley, the Panthers (12-11) opened a quick 12-2 lead at the start before the Bobcats gathered themselves and turned things around, outscoring Pahranagat 9-6, to finish the quarter trailing 18-11.
In the second quarter, Phoenix Ball provided a spark for White Pine with 10 of his team-high 17 points to give the Bobcats a 30-29 halftime lead.
But in the second half, Pahranagat tightened their defense, went back to more of a man-to-man as well as vamping up their offense and outscored White Pine 31-16.
Kyler Martin had seven points in the third quarter and Stockton Maxwell added eight points that half to his overall 25-point total.
What helped Pahranagat was a very good second half at the foul line. They were 9-of-10 the final two periods and 10-of-11 for the game.
Meantime, White Pine was 8-for-11 in the second half, 9-of-13 for the game.
But only four Bobcats scored in the second half. Ball had seven points and Devin Starkey added four, all on free throws.
Kincaid Waggener did not play in the game for White Pine. His presence might have made a difference.
Trask said, “Ball played one of his best games. He’s been playing hard for us, and one of his best shooting games. He’s a kid who works extra hard every day.”
If the Bobcats do get the final berth into the regional tournament, which started Feb. 21 at Sparks High School, their first round opponent was slated to be Yerington (17-10, 12-4). White Pine has lost three times to the Lions this season, including once at the Mineral County Serpent Classic in Hawthorne in November.