Incline basketball | Girls defeat South Tahoe in season opener |

Incline basketball | Girls defeat South Tahoe in season opener

The defending Division III state champion Incline girls opened their season with a 47-37 nonleague win over visiting South Tahoe on Tuesday.

Senior Molly Franklin led all scorers with 29 points, including five 3-pointers, while junior point guard Briana Barazza and junior forward Kira Porter played “outstanding defense” to help keep the Vikings in check, said Incline coach Indra Winquest. Porter also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

“It definitely was not a pretty win, but I was pleased with our defensive effort,” said Winquest, whose Highlanders lost six seniors to graduation from last year’s team. “But it was a really good first game to play because South Tahoe is extremely physical. It woke us up a little bit.”

While the Highlanders picked up the win, they lost senior center Krista Conn early in the contest to a badly sprained ankle, Winquest said. Barazza also left the game after hitting her head.

Ally King led the Vikings with 14 points, and Alicia Rea had 10 rebounds.

Incline will compete this weekend in the High Sierra Winter Challenge at Galena High School. The Highlanders open league play Dec. 19 at West Wendover.

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