Incline basketball | First-place girls clobber Wolverines, Longhorns |

Incline basketball | First-place girls clobber Wolverines, Longhorns

Staff report
Incline sophomore Harmony Bates was the Highlanders' Player of the Game in Saturday's win over Battle Mountain.
Sylas Wright / North Lake Tahoe Bonanza |

The Incline girls kept their undefeated league record intact with a pair of home victories to begin the second half of league play this past weekend.

The defending state champs clobbered both opponents, routing West Wendover 58-33 on Friday and Battle Mountain 64-31 the next day to improve to 8-0 in the Northern Division III (15-3 overall).

Against West Wendover (3-5 league, 6-13 overall), Incline jumped out to a 13-1 lead after one quarter and extended the margin to 27-13 by the half and 44-18 by the end of the third quarter.

Senior guard Molly Franklin was Incline’s Player of the Game with a 21-point effort on 7-of-16 shooting. Junior forward Kira Porter finished with 13 points, 16 rebounds, eight steals and five blocks.

Taylor Cheney added eight points, Harmony Bates had six points and Christine Schwartz had five. Junior point guard Briana Barraza contributed four points, four assists and seven steals.

The Highlanders held the Longhorns (1-6, 3-14) to single digits in each period while storming out to a 24-7 lead after one quarter and 40-15 by halftime. They led 62-22 after winning the third quarter 22-7.

Three Incline players finished with double-digit scoring totals, led by Franklin’s 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting, with four 3-pointers and eight steals. Franklin is now averaging 24.3 points per game, which ranks second in the state to Reno’s Mallory McGwire (25.6).

Bates, who was Incline’s Player of the Game, also hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, while Porter had 16 points to go along with her 15 rebounds, four assists and seven steals.

Incline will host Yerington on Friday at 6 p.m. and travel to Pershing County for an anticipated rematch next Friday, Feb. 6. The Highlanders edged the second-place Mustangs 34-32 in their first meeting.

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