Incline basketball | Girls sweep three in Whittell Tourney
Incline will host league games against Pershing County on Friday at 6 p.m. and Battle Mountain on Saturday at 2 p.m. After breaking for the holidays, the Highlanders are scheduled to play at West Wendover on Jan. 3 and White Pine on Jan. 4.
Incline’s girls dominated their competition in the Whittell Tournament this past weekend, outscoring their opponents 171-99 in a trio of wins.
The Highlanders defeated Whittell 59-26 on Wednesday, Bishop 63-57 in their only close game on Friday — using a big second-half comeback — and Mammoth 49-16, also on Friday.
The girls had little trouble with host Whittell. They jumped out to an 18-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 37-10 at the half.
“We basically went out and did what we were supposed to do,” said Incline coach Indra Winquest. “We played well and were able to get some subs in.”
Incline senior point guard Torii Baker was named Player of the Game after recording four assists, six steals and six points.
“Torii was really good,” Winquest said. “She was being really aggressive in getting to the rim, she played good defense and she did a good job of running the team.”
Senior Kortney Solis finished with a team-high 16 points for the Highlanders, while Elise Nelson scored 10 points and had five steals, and Kerrie Tonking and Krista Conn each had eight points. Tonking pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
The Highlanders received a much stiffer test against Bishop, which turned out to be a better team than Incline expected.
“We came out flat. I was a little disappointed with our preparation on defense. We weren’t moving our feet and their girls were going right around us,” Winquest said.
The Broncos led 18-13 after one quarter and 41-23 at halftime.
Incline, which had a talk at the half about picking up its game, responded by outscoring Bishop 12-8 in the third quarter to cut into the lead, then 28-8 in the fourth to take over.
“That was a huge comeback win for us,” Winquest said, adding that Incline’s defensive intensity was the main difference between the two halves. “I thought we showed a lot of resiliency to fight back.”
Junior Molly Franklin was Incline’s Player of the Game, as she scored 20 points, making three of her six 3-point attempts, and finished with seven steals.
Solis added 18 points, making two of her four 3-pointers, while Nelson had nine points, and Tonking had eight points and eight rebounds. Tamia Shoshone and Brooke Callahan led Bishop with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Incline controlled its final game against Mammoth from the start. They held Mammoth to five points of less in each of the four quarters, leading 22-5 after the first quarter and 40-10 at the half. The Highlanders backed off almost completely in the second half.
Sophomore Brianna Barrazza was Player of the Game for Incline. She had nine points and two assists. Solis and Franklin scored 10 points apiece, and Mia Bibolet had seven rebounds.
Incline is now 7-1 entering Northern Division III league play this week.
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