Incline at North Tahoe basketball: Porter leads Incline girls past Lakers
Northern DIII girls standings
West Wendover 7-2
Pershing County 5-3
Battle Mountain 5-4
Silver Stage 1-6
North Tahoe 0-9
Incline is scheduled to host Pershing County on Friday at 6 p.m. and play at Silver Stage on Saturday and at Yerington on Feb. 10. The Highlanders end the regular season at home against ROP on Feb. 13. North Tahoe hosts Silver Stage on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and plays at Pershing County on Saturday and at Coleville next Tuesday, Feb. 9.
TAHOE CITY — Incline’s senior center demonstrated Friday night why she’s a leading candidate to receive league MVP honors.
Kira Porter, who’s among the state leaders in rebounds and blocks, filled up the stat sheet with 19 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks and four steals to help lead the Highlanders to a 61-21 win at rival North Tahoe.
Porter is averaging 6.5 blocks per game, which ranks No. 1 in the state across all divisions, while her 11.7 rebounds a game leads the Division III and is No. 2 in the state.
“She definitely makes a huge difference, on defense in particular,” said Incline coach Indra Winquest, whose team lost consecutive games at West Wendover and Battle Mountain last month while Porter sat with a groin injury. “She’s our leader and she just changes the game. Teams can’t get in the paint and it forces them to live or die at the three-point line.
“She’s still not 100 percent, though, so we’re trying to limit her minutes.”
The Lakers, who were playing shorthanded with only seven players, got off to a promising start as Jordan Briggs and Camryn Turner hit back-to-back three-pointers to give North Tahoe an early 6-5 lead. The hosts led 10-8 before Incline went on a 32-3 run to end the half.
Incline held North Tahoe to six points in the third quarter and two in the fourth.
“Give North Tahoe credit; they played hard until the end,” Winquest said. “Their program is getting better.”
Aside from Porter, who was 9-of-17 from the floor, Incline freshman Taylor Redfern scored 18 points on four three-pointers, Madison Wallner and Harmony Bates contributed six points apiece, and Anne Schrage had four. Mia Severance grabbed seven rebounds for the Highlanders, and Christine Schwartz had four assists.
Turner led North Tahoe with eight points, Jillian Argiris scored six, Briggs three and Xochitl Perez two.
Highlanders roll Lions
In a makeup game last Wednesday, Redfern went off for a season-high 27 points in a 63-36 rout against visiting Yerington.
The freshman made 11 of her 21 shot attempts in the game and was 5-of-13 from three-point range. Winquest said the Lions played a 1-3-1 zone in an effort to hold Porter in check. As a result, Redfern was left open on the perimeter.
“Taylor got hot early, so I told our players to keep feeding her the ball,” Winquest said, adding that Redfern made all five of her threes in the first half.
Wallner and Schwartz each scored eight points, Porter scored seven, and Bates five. Porter also had 11 rebounds and seven blocks.
Incline is now 7-2 in the Northern Division III and Yerington is 4-3. Although Incline has the same league record as West Wendover, the Wolverines hold the tiebreaker after defeating the Highlanders in the teams’ second meeting.
Pershing County — Incline’s opponent Friday — is third at 5-3, followed by Battle Mountain at 5-4. The top four teams advance to regionals.