WELLS – The Wells girls basketball team split their final two home contests of the year, nearly limiting Carlin to single digits Friday in a 42-point, 52-10 victory. The Lady Leopards closed the regular season with a 70-56 loss Saturday to Owyhee.
The Lady Leopards posted 18 points in the first quarter and 17 in the second – limiting the Lady Railroaders to just two points in each – screaming to a 35-4 lead at halftime.
Wells went more conservative in the second half, dropping nine points in the third quarter and eight points in the fourth.
The Lady Leopards held Carlin to another two points in the third, nearly accomplishing the feat in the fourth – as the Lady Railroaders finished with four in the final frame.
The final scored read 52-10 in favor of Wells.
Sophomore Samantha Stump led the Lady Leopards with a game-high 11 points, and junior Mallorie Limardo finished in double digits with 10 points, adding a game-high seven rebounds and four steals.
Stumpf also dished a game-high four assists, collecting three steals.
Sophomore Samantha Shamblin scored nine points, tying for a game high with five steals and adding six boards. Sophomore Keegan Laughlin finished with eight points and six rebounds, tying Shamblin with five steals. Junior Holly Seech finished six points.
Seniors Makenna Red, Courtney Brown and Sierra Anderson each scored two points for the Lady Railroaders. Junior Dawnequa Stitzel and freshman Yesenia Armendariz also finished with two points apiece for Carlin.
Anderson led the Lady Railroaders with six rebounds and two steals.
Carlin – 2 – 2 – 2 – 4 – 10 Total
Wells – 18 – 17 – 9 – 8 – 52 Total
The Lady Leopards ended their regular season with a 70-56 loss Saturday to Owyhee.
The game came down to the first period, a great one for the Lady Braves and a disastrous frame for Wells.
“We just could not get anything to fall in the first quarter,” said Wells head coach Enoch Dahl.
Owyhee made sure plenty of its shots found the inside of the tin – exploding for 22 points – while Wells managed to knock down a single triple for three points.
The rest of the game was highly competitive, as the Lady Leopards bounced back with 14 points in the second period, limiting Owyhee to 10.
The Lady Braves held a comfortable 32-17 lead at halftime.
Wells came out strong in the third period, dropping more points than it had in the entire first half, netting 21.
The Lady Braves scored 16 in the frame, taking a 48-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
Wells cut the 10-point lead to six in the final period, but the Lady Leopards were unable to climb all the way back from the 19-point hole they dug themselves in the first quarter – eventually falling 70-56.
Limardo led a trio of Lady Leopards in double digits with 14 points, equaling the total with a team-high 14 rebounds for a double-double. She also collected five steals.
Stumpf scored 11 points, tying Limardo for the team high with five steals and adding six rebounds. Laughlin posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, adding four steals.
Freshman Berenice Aboite and Shamblin each scored six points, and sophomore Kendra Franco scored five points – dishing a team-high three assists.
The key to Owyhee’s win was junior Kaira Egan, who posted a monster double-double. Egan led all scorers with 25 points, grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds. Freshman Cree Raining Bird scored 14 points, snagging a game-high six steals. Freshman Macee McKinney also finished with a double-double, scoring 10 points and yanking down 10 rebounds. After scoring 24 points in the first meeting, sophomore Kaylani Smartt finished with eight points, but she added a team-high four assists.
Junior Dayani Manning scored seven points for the Lady Braves.
Owyhee – 22 – 10 – 16 – 22 – 70 Total
Wells – 3 – 14 – 21 – 18 – 56 Total
“We just could not recover from the first quarter, but I felt like we outplayed them – or at least played right with them the rest of the game. Our posts players played hard, and they played well – but Kaira Egan was just too much. She had a great game,” Dahl said. “I hope at the regional tournament that we can play like we did in the second game against Eureka and portions of our games against McDermitt and Owyhee. We have definitely improved as a team since the beginning of the year.”
Wells finished with a 5-5 record in league play of the Division IV Northern-East, earning the fourth spot to the regional tournament. Owyhee finished with an 8-2 league mark, earning the No. 2 seed of the East.
The Lady Leopards will face the No. 1 seed of the West, Smith Valley (16-0), at 6:20 p.m. Thursday at Wooster High School in Reno.
Dahl knows he and his girls have their work cut out for them in a rematch against the Lady Bulldogs. Smith Valley rolled to a 59-23 victory in the first meeting at the Comstock Classic tournament on Dec. 12 in Virginia City.
Trying to stop Smith Valley senior post Kellie Rogaczewski is a main concern for the Lady Leopards. She averages a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds per game.
“She (Rogaczewski) is a big girl, and she is a beast. She will be a handful for us,” Dahl said. “We were sick and short-handed the first time we played them. We are a lot better team right now, so I think if we play our kind of game we can compete with them.”
Wells will also have to limit Smith Valley junior Mattie Johns, who averages nine points but lit up the Lady Leopards for 24 points in the first matchup. Lady Bulldog senior Kelly O’Keefe, who scores at an 11-point clip, dropped 16 against Wells the first time around.
The Lady Braves will play the West No. 3, Sierra Lutheran, at 4:40 p.m. Thursday at Hug High School in Reno.