Incline basketball | First-place girls rout Lions on road |

Incline basketball | First-place girls rout Lions on road

Staff report
Incline senior Molly Franklin scored a game-high 25 points in her team's 68-35 win at Yerington on Friday.
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The defending state champion Incline girls improved to 3-0 in league with a 68-35 win at Yerington on Friday.

After a relatively evenly matched first quarter, which ended with Incline leading 21-15, the Highlanders (9-3 overall) took control with a 15-5 second quarter to build their lead to 36-20 by the half.

Nine different players contributed points for the Highlanders, led by senior Molly Franklin’s game-high 25 points to go along with her six steals and three assists. Through 12 games Franklin is averaging 27.1 points, which ranks first in the state and 38th in the country among teams that enter stats on MaxPreps.

Junior forward Kira Porter scored 12 points while grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing out four assists and creating four steals. Christine Schwartz added 10 points, Briana Barraza had five points and four assists, Taylor Cheney had six points, and Anne Schrage and Harmony Bates each scored four.

Shania Frank led the Lions (2-2 league, 4-7 overall) with 12 points, and Haydyn Thom scored nine.

The Highlanders will square off against Pershing County (3-0 league, 10-5 overall) in a first-place showdown Friday at 6 p.m. in Incline. It will be the teams’ first meeting since Incline defeated Pershing County 53-38 in last year’s state championship. The Mustangs are coming off a 49-28 win against Yerington on Monday.

Incline travels to Silver Stage for a league game on Saturday and plays at Division I Hug on Monday, Jan. 12, and at North Tahoe on Friday, Jan. 16.

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