Incline girls hold Coral Academy without a field goal in 46-2 win
The Incline girls’ basketball team got off to a dominant start to the season on Tuesday, Nov. 28, with a 46-2 win over Coral Academy of Science — Reno.
The Lady Highlanders didn’t allow a field goal on the night and rotated all 11 of their players into the contest, which had a running clock in the second half, due to Incline reaching a 35-point advantage.
“I was happy with the effort,” said Head Coach Indra Winquest. “Defensively we put a lot of pressure on them, and never really let off, in the first half at least. It was a nice tune up for what we have coming up.”
Incline jumped out to an 18-0 lead after the first quarter behind a pair of 3-pointers from junior Taylor Redfern and four points each from junior Chandler Cohn and senior Verenice Sanchez.
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Redfern would hit three more 3-pointers in the second quarter, finishing the night with a team-high 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting. Sophomore Madison Corneil was next on the team with nine points. Eight of Inclines 11 players scored in the game.
After 39 unanswered points and a slew of turnovers, Coral Academy finally got on the board with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter when the Falcons split a pair of free throws off a shooting foul. Coral Academy would add their final point off another free throw with roughly five minutes remaining in the game.
“I’ve been on both sides of games like that,” Winquest said. “It’s no fun when you’re getting beat like that. I’ll give it to (Coral Academy) they didn’t give up, their attitude stayed positive. What I talked to my girls about is, ‘We just got to continue to play our game, and we can’t play down to teams.’”
Senior Haeden Suter led Incline with four rebounds, followed by Redfern, Sanchez, sophomore Kate Tong, and sophomore Serena Faulkner with three rebounds each. Junior Ava Laurie nabbed a team-high four of the Highlanders’ 20 steals on the night. Tong, junior Carolyn Eppolito, and sophomore Sammi Giongreco all finished with three steals in the game.
After drubbing the Falcons, the Class 2A Highlanders will see a big increase in competition level when the girls host Class 3A South Tahoe on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be the last chance fans can catch Incline at home until a Jan. 6 matchup against Yerington.
After playing South Tahoe, the girls will then enter the Whittell Tournament on Dec. 7, where they’ll face Class 3A school’s Truckee and Dayton, and Class 1A Mineral County.
Incline will then open the league portion of their schedule on Dec. 12 with a road contest against last year’s Northern League champions Pershing County.
“We always play a really tough preseason schedule, because we want to be ready for league, and there’s a lot of good teams in our league,” Winquest said.
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