Incline basketball: First-place girls improve to 9-2 in league
Northern Division III standings
1. Incline 9-2
2. West Wendover 7-3
3. Yerington 6-4
4. Pershing County 6-4
5. Battle Mountain 5-5
6. Silver Stage 3-7
7. North Tahoe 0-11
1. Yerington 10-0
2. Pershing County 8-2
3. Incline 6-5
4. Battle Mountain 5-5
5. West Wendover 4-6
6. North Tahoe 2-9
7. Silver Stage 1-9
The top four girls and boys teams advance to the Northern Division III regional championship tournament, which will be contested at West Wendover next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20. The top two girls and boys teams from regionals qualify for the state championship tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 26-27 at Lawlor Events Center on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno.
The Incline girls basketball team is back on top of the Northern Division III standings after a pair of league wins this past Friday and Saturday.
The girls handled visiting Pershing County, 46-32, on senior farewell Friday night and followed with a 70-52 win at Silver Stage the next day. The wins adjusted the Highlanders’ record to 9-2 in league to help cushion their lead over second-place West Wendover (7-3).
Freshman standout Taylor Redfern had a monster performance against Silver Stage. The 5-foot-7 guard went off for a season-high 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting. She sunk seven three-pointers on 13 attempts and also seven rebounds, three assists and four blocks. Redfern — who leads the Highlanders and ranks second in the Division III ranks with a 12.6-point scoring average — had a previous season-high of 27 points against Yerington on Jan. 27.
Incline jumped out to a 22-9 lead after one quarter and extended the margin to 37-21 by the half.
Three players finished in double figures, with Christine Schwartz and Karyss Thompson each scoring 10 points, and Harmony Bates adding eight points. Senior point guard Briana Barraza dished out five assists.
The Pershing County game remained close early, with Incline leading 8-7 after one quarter. The Highlanders outscored the Mustangs 20-14 in the second quarter, 2-0 in the third and 16-11 in the fourth to earn the 14-point win.
Kira Porter and Bates scored 13 points apiece to lead the way, while Redfern and Emily White each contributed six points. Porter added eight rebounds, and Redfern had four blocks.
Pershing County and Yerington, each with 6-4 league records, are battling for the fourth and final playoff berth.
Incline’s boys split their last two league contests, losing 60-47 to visiting Pershing County on Friday and routing Silver Stage, 67-29, on the road Saturday.
Entering Wednesday’s regular-season finale against first-place Yerington (10-0), the Highlanders held the third playoff seed with a 6-5 league record. Pershing County was second at 8-2 and Battle Mountain fourth at 5-5.
The Highlanders dug an early hole against the Mustangs and couldn’t recover. They were outscored 24-7 in the first quarter and trailed 36-19 at the half. Incline outscored the visitors 19-11 in the third quarter to close the gap to nine, 47-38, but Pershing County put up 13 points to Incline’s nine in the fourth to secure the win.
Senior guard Tanner Quenneville led the way with 15 points, while Joey Stranzl scored 13, Jon Cromer had 11 and Bryan Golombik five. Jerry Sanchez grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Stats were not available from the Silver Stage game.