DAYTON – Following two losses to open league play of the Division 3A North, the Elko girls basketball team bounced back with two road victories.
The Lady Indians improved to 2-2 in league play after a 54-26 victory Friday over South Tahoe and closed the second road trip in consecutive weeks with a 54-24 win Saturday in Dayton.
Versus South Tahoe
The Lady Indians scored 11 points in the first period, limiting South Tahoe to just five.
Elko junior Alexis Elquist scored five points and knocked down a three in the first eight minutes.
She continued her solid play in the second quarter, burying another triple and completing a three-play the old-fashioned way – from the stripe.
She scored 11 points in the first half, putting in eight of the Lady Indians’ 14 points in the second period.
South Tahoe scored eight points in the second quarter and trailed 25-13 going to the locker room.
The Lady Indians found their most production of the game in the third period, scoring 15 points – putting the ball in the hoop with balance.
Seven Lady Indians scored in the frame, led by four points from Elquist.
The Lady Indians held South Tahoe to single digits for the third time in the third quarter, giving up seven points.
Elko entered the fourth quarter with a double-up lead of 40-20, and then senior center Lexi Baum went to work.
She scored seven of her 11 points in the ballgame down the stretch, finishing with three field goals and a free throw in the final eight minutes.
The defense locked down the Lady Vikings and allowed six points, never letting South Tahoe reach double digits in any period.
Elko extended to a 54-26 victory, the Lady Indians gaining their win in league play.
Elquist finished with a game-high 17 points and knocked down two 3s.
She was joined in double digits by Baum, who closed with 11 points.
Senior guard Gabe Rowley and junior forward Brenna Hendrix each scored six points for the Lady Indians, senior Lauryn Drake closed with five and senior Sariah Pulley added four.
Junior Hailey Naccarato led the Lady Vikings with seven points, junior Teagan Williamson and senior Bailey Segers each adding five for South Tahoe.
ELKO – 11 – 14 – 15 – 14 – 54 Total
SOUTH TAHOE – 5 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 26 Total
Elko gained its second straight win in the 3A North on Saturday, taking down the Lady Dust Devils by a final score of 54-24 in Dayton.
The closest frame of the contest took place in the first quarter, Elko edging Dayton 12-9.
The Lady Indians were led by five points in the first by Drake, coming on two field goals and a free throw.
Junior guard Aleea McGill-Howe scored five of Dayton’s nine points in the first quarter, sinking a three.
In the second quarter, Elko put the defensive clamps on the Lady Dust Devils.
Dayton scored just three points and one field goal in the frame, while the Lady Indians posted their period best of any frame with 16 points.
Elquist found a groove and dropped seven points in the quarter, knocking down a triple.
Drake added four points and Pulley lined up a shot from distance.
Elko took a 26-12 lead at the break.
The third quarter played out a close contest, as did the first.
Dayton increased its point total back to nine, while Elko remained steady with 14 points in the frame.
In the third, Baum did damage along the block – scoring eight points on four field goals – and Drake added two more buckets.
Junior Elizabeth Vincent tallied five points and sank a triple in the period for Dayton, but the Lady Indians doubled up the Lady Dust Devils at 42-21 going into the fourth.
In the final frame, the Elko defense did some déjà vu – coming back with another three-point effort after allowing nine the quarter before.
Dayton’s only points of the fourth came on a three-point play from an And-1 by sophomore guard Tamia Powell.
For the Lady Indians, Pulley and sophomore Katie Ross closed the game strong – each scoring four points in the final eight minutes.
Elko climbed back to .500 in league play with a 54-24 victory, improving to 2-2 and sending Dayton to 0-3.
The Lady Indians were balanced in their attack, led in scoring three ways.
Elquist, Drake and Baum each scored 13 points.
Pulley added seven and all four of Ross’ points came in the final quarter.
Powell and McGill-Howe led the Lady Dust Devils with seven points apiece, Vincent scoring all five of her points in the third quarter.
ELKO – 12 – 16 – 14 – 12 – 54 Total
DAYTON – 9 – 3 – 9 – 3 – 24 Total
“We struggle scoring. We had to have over 50 boards against South Tahoe,” said Elko coach Kaaren Ross. “We just need to be able to convert.”
Elko will play four games at the Jerome Tournament, opening against the host at 7:30 p.m. MST on Dec. 28 in Jerome, Idaho.