Incline basketball: Girls win 2, remain undefeated in league
Northern Division III standings
West Wendover 3-1
Pershing County 2-2
Battle Mountain 1-3
Silver Stage 1-3
North Tahoe 0-5
Pershing County 3-1
Battle Mountain 2-2
North Tahoe 2-3
West Wendover 1-3
Silver Stage 0-4
The Incline girls kept their undefeated league record intact with a 41-32 win at Pershing County on Friday and a 49-26 win against visiting Silver Stage on Saturday.
The Highlanders are the only unbeaten team in the Northern Division III, at 5-0, entering their final game of the first half against Yerington on Saturday.
Yerington and West Wendover trail Incline at 3-1 in league, while Pershing County is fourth at 2-2 and is followed by Battle Mountain (1-3), Silver Stage (1-3) and North Tahoe (0-5).
Incline held a single-digit lead over Pershing County for much of Friday’s contest. The Mustangs shaved a six-point Incline lead at the half to four, 35-31, by the end of the third quarter, but the Highlanders held the hosts to just one point in the final frame to seal the victory.
In addition to her four assists, Incline freshman Taylor Redfern poured in a team-high 18 points — going 6-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-4 from three-point range — while Kira Porter nearly recorded a triple-double with 11 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks. Emily White added five points, Christine Schwartz had four and Briana Barraza three.
After a slow start against Silver Stage, the Highlanders outscored the Nighthawks 15-8 in the second quarter, 15-4 in the third and 10-6 in the fourth to run away with the 23-point victory.
Nine different players scored for Incline, led by White’s 11 points and Porter’s 10. Porter also grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked six shots and had three steals, Redfern, Haeden Suter and Madison Wallner finished with six points apiece, and Mia Severance had four points and four rebounds. Redfern added four assists and three steals, and Barraza had three assists.
Incline’s boys split their two league games, losing 62-55 at Pershing County on Friday before bouncing back to defeat visiting Silver Stage, 73-56, the next day.
The win over Silver Stage snapped a four-game losing streak, during which the Highlanders struggled to find their offensive rhythm, said Incline coach Tim Kelly. Shots fell against the Nighthawks, however, as Incline jumped out to a 25-12 lead by the end of the first quarter and extended it to 48-25 by the half.
Tanner Quenneville was a big reason for the scoring outburst. The senior guard went off for 22 points in the first half on 9-of-13 shooting. Joey Stranzl added 12 points, while Jackson Littleton scored nine points, Grant Goldenberg and Bryan Golombik each scored six, and Will Stranzl had five points and five assists. Blake Perry pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
The Pershing County game was tightly contested throughout, with the Mustangs extending the final margin to seven with free throws near the end of regulation. Incline led 14-10 after one quarter, trailed 24-22 at the half and trailed 38-36 entering the fourth.
Pershing County’s leading scorer, junior William Gattrell, led the Mustangs with a game-high 24 points. Quenneville led the Highlanders with a 20-point effort, Jon Cromer scored 14 and Stranzl had 10. Perry contributed five rebounds and five blocks.
Incline is now in third place at 3-2 with one game remaining in the first half of Northern Division III play. Yerington leads the league standings at 4-0 and Pershing County is second at 3-1. Battle Mountain (2-2) is fourth, followed by North Tahoe (2-3), West Wendover (1-3) and Silver Stage (0-4). The top four teams advance to the regional championship tournament Feb. 18-20.
Hall of Fame games
Incline will host Yerington on Friday night in the Highlanders’ annual Hall of Fame games — in which they retire the jerseys of former standout players. The girls tip off the action at 6 p.m. and the boys follow at 7:30.
The boys will have their work cut out, as the defending regional champs are defeating league foes by an average of more than 18 points a game.
“We are very excited to play Yerington Friday,” Kelly said. “We know we match up well. It’s going to be an awesome game with two very good teams.”
The Highlanders will then hit the road for three consecutive league contests — at West Wendover on Jan. 22, at Battle Mountain on Jan. 23 and at North Tahoe on Jan. 29. Incline returns home to host Pershing County on Feb. 5.