Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine High girls’ basketball team won two tough home games and had a blowout win on the road to increase their win streak to four in a row.
The Ladycats faced off against Lincoln County in a back and fourth game that saw the score tied at 49 at the end of regulation. The Ladycats blew open the game in overtime, winning 63-53 behind a strong shooting offensive performance by Debra Kingston.
Coach Krystal Smith said of Kingston’s 22 points, it was the ones late that made the difference.
“Debra had a huge game for us Tuesday against Lincoln. She scored the majority of our points in overtime,” Smith said.
The Ladycats found themselves in another tight race against the Pahranagat Panthers Thursday. The Ladycats got off to a slow start, but pulled ahead in the second quarter and never relinquished their lead. Smith said that the team was able to handle the Panther’s aggressive defense to win the game 55-49.
“It was a tight game down the stretch, but we handled their press really well,” Smith said.
Smith noted the team’s improved foul shooting wa also crucial to pulling out the tight games, something that they have had issues with earlier in the season.
“We stepped to the free throw line and made our foul shots. It was a big improvement over the last couple of close games that we’ve had,” Smith said.
Things got a bit easier for the ‘Cats when they went on the road to face West Wendover. The one win Wolverines were no match for the Ladycats, as junior Teal Hussey made her presence known under the basket.
“Teal Hussey had a big game getting offensive rebounds, which we’ve really tried to encourage the last couple of weeks. That was good to see,” Smith said.
The Ladycats are now entering into the second half of the season in third place in the conference. They head back to their home gym to take on Yerington on Jan. 24 and Silver Stage on Jan. 25.