RENO – Two games in, two Ws for the Elko girls basketball team.
The Lady Indians ripped off a 20-point victory in their season opener Thursday over Division 4A program Carson at Spanish Springs High School – Elko rolling to a 39-19 victory.
Elko cranked off another double-digit victory Friday evening, taking down another Division 4A school, Damonte Ranch, by a final score of 42-28 at Reno High School.
While the 39 will need to be increased throughout the course of the season, the 19 points allowed by the Lady Indians’ defense was a solid start to the year.
Elko allowed the Lady Senators just four points in the first quarter, growing even more stingy in the second period – giving up just three points and one field goal.
The Lady Indians scored eight points in the first quarter and 10 in the second, opening a double-digit lead of 18-7 at the break.
In the third period, Elko’s offense posted its most productive frame of the contest, putting in 15 points.
Carson also had its highest-scoring quarter of the game with eight points.
Entering the fourth quarter, Elko led 33-15.
The offenses of each team slowed down in the final frame – Elko scoring just six points and Carson dropping back down to four.
The Lady Indians rolled to a 39-19 victory.
Senior center Lexi Baum led the way with a game-high 14 points, followed by nine points from junior Alexis Elquist – who made Elko’s only three of the ballgame.
Senior forward Lauryn Drake dropped all eight of her points on four field goals in the third quarter.
Junior Trinity Beard was the high scorer for the Lady Senators with four points, all coming on two field goals in the third frame.
ELKO – 8 – 10 – 15 – 6 – 39 Total
CARSON – 4 – 3 – 8 – 4 – 19 Total
Versus Damonte Ranch
The Lady Indians played their best ball in the first half against the Lady Mustangs, defeating Damonte Ranch 42-28 on Friday evening at Reno High School.
Elko scored its game high of 13 points in the first period, limiting Damonte Ranch to just three points – opening a double-digit advantage in eight minutes.
The second quarter provided much of the same – Elko tallying 10 points and shutting down the Lady Mustangs to the tune of five.
At the break, Elko held a sizeable lead of 25-8.
In the second half, the tides turned in Damonte Ranch’s favor somewhat, the Lady Indians inserting more bench players.
The Lady Mustangs outscored the Lady Indians 10-9 in the third period and 10-8 in the in the fourth, but the hole Damonte Ranch dug itself in the first half was too much to overcome.
Elko rolled to a 42-18 victory and a 2-0 record to start the season.
Baum continued her solid start to the year, leading Elko with 12 points – nine coming in the first half.
The scoring for the Lady Indians was much more balanced in the second game of the season.
Senior Sariah Pulley finished second on the team with seven points, while Drake, senior guard Gabe Rowley and junior guard Phoebe Fagoaga each chipped in half a dozen.
ELKO – 13 – 12 – 9 – 8 – 42 Total
DAMONTE RANCH – 3 – 5 – 10 – 10 – 28 Total
“The girls passed the ball very well tonight. We had a lot more balanced scoring. We had 22 turnovers against Carson but cut back to 14 against Damonte Ranch,” said Elko coach Kaaren Ross. “The defense has played very well and the ball movement has been good, so that’s what I’m looking for in the preseason. I want us to look for that great shot, that layup or wide-open jumper, rather than just taking a decent shot. Lexi Baum has played very well for us in the post.”
The Lady Indians will look for a 3-0 start to the season against the Lady Tigers of Douglas at noon Saturday at Spanish Springs High School in Sparks.