WELLS – After the Wells Rural Electric Classic, the Lady Leopards’ record read an unintimidating 2-3, but Wells’ losses were close and due to certain circumstances.
The Lady Leopards opened at the Comstock Classic on Thursday against host Virginia City, beating the Lady Muckers, 50-30.
Wells went 1-3 down the stretch of the WREC, falling in consecutive games to close the tournament.
Versus Round Mountain
The Lady Leopards picked up a big win in the early game Friday, dismantling 2017 state runner-up Round Mountain by a 30-point margin.
The scoring in the first period was low for both clubs, Wells edging the Lady Knights 5-4.
However, the Lady Leopards came to life and put the ball in the hole with regularity in the second frame, hanging up 21 points on Round Mountain and limiting the Lady Knights to seven.
At the break, Wells held a comfortable lead of 26-11.
Wells played consistently in the third and fourth periods, scoring 30 points in the second half – coming on 14 and 16-point frames.
Round Mountain struggled to mount offense, as Wells head coach Enoch Dahl sold out on “doubling Alyssa Hanks in the post.”
The Lady Knights scored six points in the third, adding nine in the fourth – Wells not allowing a double-digit frame in the ballgame.
Wells cruised to a 56-26 victory.
The Lady Leopards finished with three players in double digits, led by freshman Cameron Powers’ game-high 18 points.
She added six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Senior Sam Shamblin dropped 13 points on solid shooting from the floor at 5-for-8, splashing three triples.
Shamblin was everywhere for the Lady Leopards, tying for the game high with eight steals and collecting a team-best seven rebounds.
Senior Sammy Stumpf closed with 11 points, tying Shamblin for the game highs with eight steals and three 3s.
WELLS 5 21 14 16 56 Total
ROUND MOUNTAIN 4 7 6 9 26 Total
Versus Pahranagat Valley
The Lady Leopards’ second Friday ballgame pitted Wells against another team from the South that qualified for state last season, the Lady Panthers of Pahranagat Valley.
The contest was close throughout – no period separated by a margin of more than four points – but the Lady Panthers edged the Lady Leopards, 48-42.
Pahranagat Valley opened a 14-12 lead after the first quarter, Wells taking a slight advantage of 11-10 in the second frame.
Entering halftime, the Lady Panthers led by one at 24-23.
The largest discrepancy of the game came after the break, Wells limited to eight points while Pahranagat Valley posted 12.
Going into the fourth, Wells trailed 36-31.
In the final period, Wells reached double figures once again with 11 points but allowed 12 – falling 48-42.
PAHRANAGAT VALLEY 14 10 12 12 48 Total
Wells 12 11 8 11 42 Total
Versus Elko junior varsity
To close the WREC, the Lady Leopards hosted the Elko junior varsity – the Lady Indians pulling away late for a 46-41 victory.
“We lost Berenice (Aboite) in the first half of the Pahranagat Valley when she hit her head on the floor. She was in the concussion protocol,” Dahl said. “I think our losses came from our lack of numbers and conditioning. We led in every game but we ran out of gas. With the ankle recovery, I played Sammy limited minutes and was down to two subs.”
Dahl said Stumpf’s ankle puffed up Saturday but added the doctors informed her that should be expected and that she is ahead of the typical recovery time of nine to 12 months, undergoing surgery to repair the ligaments in May.
The Lady Leopards’ bench consisted of a freshman and senior who has not played basketball in a long time, losing many bench players with the junior varsity team traveling for a tournament.
“I find solace in knowing that we played well and were in the lead of every game, but I hate losing. It’s disappointing but I know where we’re at,” Dahl said. “I have to think ahead about the big picture and make sure we’re healthy and playing our best ball when league starts.”
The Lady Leopards look to build momentum and improve as a team throughout the Comstock Classic in Virginia City, playing through Saturday.