Incline basketball | Girls improve league mark to 6-0; boys lose at Yerington
Northern Division III girls standings
Pershing County 4-1
White Pine 4-2
Battle Mountain 4-2
North Tahoe 1-3
Silver Stage 1-4
West Wendover 0-6
Northern Division III boys standings
West Wendover 7-0
Battle Mountain 4-3
North Tahoe 3-2
Pershing County 3-3
White Pine 3-4
Silver Stage 0-5
The Incline girls basketball team earned a pair of league wins in the past week, 66-29 over visiting Silver Stage on Friday and 43-32 at Yerington on Saturday.
The wins improved first-place Incline’s record to 6-0 in Northern Division III play and 14-1 overall.
The Highlanders had an easy time with Silver Stage (1-4), as they jumped out to an 18-11 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 42-17 at the half after outscoring the Nighthawks 24-6 in the second quarter. They went on to outscore the visitors 21-6 in the third quarter.
“We got started pretty quickly, which was good because we were able to rest our key players, and our subs did a really good job,” Incline coach Indra Winquest said.
“One of our main strengths is how deep we are. With Caroline (May), Elise (Nelson) and Sarah (Wright) coming off the bench with energy, there’s no letdown.”
Senior guard Kortney Solis led the Highlanders with 19 points, while Molly Franklin scored 16 and May, who was named Player of the Game for Incline, scored nine. Kira Porter had a team-high eight rebounds.
Porter had a big game at Yerington (2-4), as the sophomore forward scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while also playing solid defense against the Lions’ post players. She was Incline’s Player of the Game.
“Another key part of our success is how well Kira has done,” Winquest said. “She’s so dominant on defense in the paint, and she totally dominates the boards.”
Winquest said the Highlanders played well as a unit defensively, which was good because their offense was not as sharp as usual. Despite the low scoring output, Incline was never truly threatened. The Highlanders also hit their free throws down the stretch to prevent Yerington from making a late run.
Franklin scored 10 points and Nelson six.
Incline is scheduled to host North Tahoe (1-3) on Friday at 6 p.m.
Boys fall to Lions
Incline’s boys, meanwhile, routed Silver Stage 73-37 on Friday but were upset by host Yerington, 56-48, on Saturday.
The Highlanders dominated play against the Nighthawks (0-5), leading 36-15 at the half and 54-24 at the end of the third quarter en route to the lopsided win.
Saturday was a different story.
Incline seemed poised to close out the victory after carrying a 29-21 lead into the half. But the Lions responded by outscoring the Highlanders 15-3 in the third quarter to take a 36-32 lead into the final frame.
Incline managed 16 points in the fourth but gave up 20, and Yerington escaped with the big league win. Dakota Aiazzi led the Lions with 17 points and Cortez Berumen added nine. Incline stats were not available.
With the loss, Incline fell to 4-2 in the Northern Division III standings, while Yerington improved to 3-4.
Incline is scheduled to host North Tahoe (1-3) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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