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ELKO – Through two league games against Division 3A North foes, the Elko girls basketball team has scored a total of 55 points.

The Lady Indians fell 42-40 in the league opener Friday in Fernley, mounting just 15 points Saturday in Fallon against the defending state champions.

Against Fallon, Elko finished with just three field goals.

The Lady Indians shot just 10 percent from the floor against the Lady Greenwave, but Elko fired up just 30 shots in the ballgame – Fallon cranking up 54 attempts.

Elko’s main struggle has been ball security, lacking ball handlers.

Teams have figured out their best chance to disrupt and dismantle the Lady Indians is to crank up the defensive pressure and force someone to put the ball on the deck and dribble out of trouble.

So far, Elko has not shown the wherewithal or court recognition to make decisions in times of adversity.

Against Fernley, the Lady Indians were led in scoring by junior Alexis Elquist with 15 points.

She was joined in double figures by senior Lexi Baum, who finished with 10 points in the ballgame.

At Fallon, no Elko player so much as approached double digits.

Senior Lauryn Drake led the Lady Indians with four points.

Baum has been Elko’s most consistent player this season, leading the Lady Indians with 9.2 points per game and pulling down 5.2 rebounds per contest.

Despite breaking her nose Friday in Fernley, Baum showed her grit and reentered the game.

A win in league play is exactly what Elko needs, and their next opponent – South Tahoe – is winless (0-7 overall, 0-2 in the 3A North) is hungry for its first victory as well.

The Lady Vikings were drubbed in their league opener by a final score of 64-21 on Saturday at Lowry, following up with a close loss of 33-28 on Tuesday at home versus Truckee.

South Tahoe was bit hard by graduation, sending off its top six scorers from last season, including Drue Chapman, who averaged 11.1 points per game last season.

This season, the Lady Vikings have struggled mightily to score the basketball – junior Malorie Neiger leading the team with 4.5 points per game.

The question that needs to be answered is which of the low-scoring teams will put up the most points Friday night.

Elko’s season high for points in a game is 42; while South Tahoe’s best output is currently 37.

The Lady Indians have played solid defense, but they need to open up the offense and put points on the board.

The test and search for their first win in league play will come at 6 p.m. Friday in South Tahoe, following with a 1 p.m. tip Saturday in Dayton.


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