BATTLE MOUNTAIN — The Battle Mountain boys basketball team had a rough go this weekend in a pair of critical Ruby Mountain League road games.
The Longhorns lost to West Wendover 63-50 Friday and then dropped a 72-52 outcome at White Pine on Saturday. They are now 0-5 in league and in need of a couple of wins to stay in the postseason picture.
“A very rough weekend,” Battle Mountain coach Roger Wallock said. “We still continue to have numerous turnovers and struggle rebounding the ball. We play physical and hard every game, but for some reason, we play too fast and too sloppy to be competitive.”
Daniel Itza led the Longhorns with 21 points against West Wendover, but the Wolverines came out with a strong first quarter and forced Battle Mountain to play the entire game from behind.
Kaydn Sharp and Adrian Enriquez each had 13 points for the Wolverines. Manny Flores finished with 12.
Unfortunately for the Longhorns, the weekend did not get any better Saturday.
Itza had 17 points, but the Battle Mountain defense could not contain White Pine’s Nicholas Johnson, who finished with 34 points on 13-for-19 shooting and 13 rebounds. Teammate Jarett Gubler chipped in 12 points.
The game was close at halftime, but the Bobcats outscored Battle Mountain by 15 after the break.
“We needed a win against Battle Mountain at home to improve our chances at a postseason spot, and the team played well, especially in the second half,” White Pine coach Paul Johnson said. “We had some struggles during the season due to injuries, which caused us to dig a pretty deep hole that we are struggling to climb out of. If we remain healthy and continue to improve, we should be competitive with any 2A team.”
Lowry boys 70, White Pine 41
ELY — The Bobcats began their weekend with a setback against Lowry.
Johnson had 21 points and seven rebounds, but Gubler, who is one of the Ruby Mountain League’s top scorers, was held to just three points.
The Buckaroos got 14 points from Josh Watterson, and Tytus Millikan tallied 12. Calvin Connors ran the offense and dished out 10 assists.
“We played hard against Lowry but were out matched,” coach Johnson said. “They are similar to Elko in size and speed plus they have a deep bench.”
Lowry boys 82, West Wendover 53
WEST WENDOVER — The Buckaroos came out firing offensively and scored 33 points in the first quarter on their way to the Ruby Mountain League win.
Lowry had four players in double figures with Studebaker leading the way with 17 points. Watterson and Connors each tallied 11.
Sharp finished with 26 points for the Wolverines, who also got 10 points from Roman Chavez.
Battle Mountain girls 47,
West Wendover 18
WEST WENDOVER — The Lady Longhorns made quick work of West Wendover on Friday with a 22-0 run to start the game.
“The girls were able to apply a lot of pressure on Wendover and convert at the other end,” Battle Mountain coach Paul Tremayne said.
Abbie Mikelson finished with 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the Longhorns.
White Pine girls 46,
Battle Mountain 27
ELY — The Lady Cats turned a close game into a blowout thanks to their stingy defense Saturday.
With a slim 11-10 lead, White Pine held the Lady Longhorns scoreless in the second quarter and surged ahead 30-10 at halftime. Tremayne said they shot the ball poorly and turned the ball over too much during the period.
“Saturday’s game against Battle Mountain was a game of adjustments,” White Pine coach Krystal Smith said. “Our man defense simply was ineffective against Battle Mountain’s tall girls inside. At the beginning of the second quarter, we switched to a zone in order to force them to score outside. We also pressed to change the tempo of the game.”
The Lady Longhorns tried to close the gap in the third quarter and got as close as nine at one point, but White Pine clamped down and closed out the game strong.
Mikelson finished with eight points and seven boards for Battle Mountain. White Pine got 15 and 12 points from Bailey Moore and Alli Huntington, respectively. Moore also grabbed seven rebounds and six steals.
White Pine girls 56, Lowry 54
ELY — White Pine took down the Buckaroos in a barnburner Friday night.
The Lady Cats took a 41-32 lead into the fourth quarter, but Lowry rallied to take a brief lead in the final minutes.
“The last few minutes of the game had several lead changes, but we were able to execute at the free-throw line to close out the game, despite giving up several 3-point shots on Lowry’s end,” Smith said. “We need to learn how to close out close games in the fourth quarter. I think we learned a valuable lesson on how to do that in the Lowry game.”
Moore finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Huntington had 10 points. Taylor Schwartz led the Buckaroos with 16, while Alyssa Dendary and Carli Evatz each went for 13.
Lowry girls 60, West Wendover 16
WEST WENDOVER — The Buckaroos bounced back from their loss with a rout of West Wendover on Saturday.
Lowry jumped ahead 27-11 by halftime and brought the hammer down with a 33-5 run in the after the break.
Shelby McKinnon and Kylee McClellan led the Lady Buckaroos with 14 and 12 points, respectively. McClellan did a lot of damage to West Wendover with her defense. She swiped nine steals, and McKinnon had six.
West Wendover got five points apiece from Ryann Gentry and Heather Christenson.