Incline basketball | Girls remain unbeaten in Division III
Northern Division III girls basketball standings
Pershing County 8-2
White Pine 8-3
Battle Mountain 6-4
Silver Stage 2-7
North Tahoe 1-8
West Wendover 1-10
INCLINE VILLAGE — Eleven games into league play, the Incline girls remain unscathed.
The first-place Highlanders improved to 11-0 in the Northern Division III (20-1 overall) after routing visiting West Wendover 55-19 on Friday and then earning a 46-31 over a quality White Pine team on Saturday and a 42-37 win over another quality team at Battle Mountain on Tuesday.
“We just need to make sure at this point that we’re not getting complacent,” Incline coach Indra Winquest said. “We want to keep our speed fast. We did what we need to do.”
The Highlanders had little trouble with West Wendover. They led 22-3 after one quarter and 40-7 at the half, as the Wolverines (1-10) had no answer for Incline’s defensive quickness or offensive prowess.
“I like what we did in the first half,” said Winquest, who was able to go to his bench early. “We came out and played fast and did not play down to them. I thought we also rebounded well and took care of the ball.”
Kortney Solis and Molly Franklin scored 15 points apiece to pace the Highlanders, while Kerrie Tonking contributed eight points and Kira Porter grabbed 12 rebounds. Solis made three 3 pointers and Sarah Wright made a pair of 3s off the bench. Krista Conn added five points and five rebounds.
Incline started off a bit slower against White Pine (8-3), which entered the contest with only two league losses.
The Highlanders trailed 7-5 at the end of the first quarter before coming back to take a 16-14 lead into the half. The hosts extended their lead all the way to the finish line, outscoring the Bobcats 17-10 in the third quarter and 13-7 in the fourth to seal the win.
Franklin exploded for a game-high 21 points, Porter scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, Tonking added five points, and Elise Nelson and Torii Baker scored four points apiece. Porter, who was Incline’s Player of the Game, also pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked seven shots.
Ashlyn Huntington led White Pine with nine points as the Bobcats slipped to third in the league standings, behind Incline and Pershing County (8-2). Battle Mountain, at 6-3 in league, is currently in position to earn the fourth and final playoff berth.
The Highlanders found themselves in another defensive struggle at fourth-place Battle Mountain on Tuesday.
After entering the half knotted at 15-15, Incline outscored the Longhorns 20-8 in the third quarter to create some distance. The hosts cut the lead to seven, at 37-30, late in the third quarter, but Baker drained a big 3-pointer to halt the comeback effort.
“It was a tough game,” Winquest said. “Both teams played well on defense. We got a bunch of steals off our press in the third quarter and basically wore them down.”
Winquest said Porter and Tonking played particularly well on defense, while Franklin took over offensively in the second half and finished with a game-high 23 points. Porter grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots, and Tonking had 10 rebounds.
Incline is scheduled to host Yerington on Saturday at 2 p.m. for senior farewell. The Highlanders end the regular season with games at North Tahoe on Feb. 13 and at Silver Stage on Feb. 15. Regionals will be held at Battle Mountain.