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Lady Indians will likely be No. 5

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Aurora Eklund

Elko's Aurora Eklund (10) drives past Spring Creek's Ryley Ricks on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at Centennial Gymnasium. Eklund scored 11 of her game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter during a 49-44 loss. The Lady Indians will close the regular season with a 6 p.m. Friday game, at North Valleys, and a 1 p.m. Saturday tipoff versus Truckee.

ELKO — Coming off a 49-44 home loss Tuesday to Spring Creek, the Elko girls basketball team is likely pinned into a potential dance with the No. 1 team in the land.

Entering their final road trip of the regular season, the No. 5 Lady Indians (11-12 overall, 9-7 in league) are set to face No. 7 North Valleys (7-15 overall, 5-10 in league) at 6 p.m. Friday, in Reno, and close their Division 3A North slate with a 1 p.m. Saturday tipoff versus the No. 2 Lady Wolverines, in Truckee, California.

If the Lady Indians beat the Lady Panthers, Elko is ensured no worse than a No. 5 seed for the regional tournament — regardless of what No. 6 Fallon (11-12 overall, 9-8 in league) does in its season finale versus Dayton (1-18 overall, 1-15 in league).

However, an Elko victory in either or both of its last two games would pin the Lady Indians on the same side of the bracket as No. 1 Fernley (22-2 overall, 18-0 in league).

In the first meeting with North Valleys, Elko breezed to a 57-34 victory on Jan. 10, at Centennial Gymnasium.

Elko senior Katie Ross dropped a game-high 17 points and added three rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist.

She was joined in double digits by freshman Peyton Jacaway, who finished with 13 points, six boards, two steals and a dime.

Junior Sydnee Patterson and senior Izzy Eklund scored six points apiece; Eklund showing out in numerous areas with game-highs of nine rebounds and nine steals — also stuffing a shot — Patterson posting an all-around performance with three boards, two assists and a pair of steals.

Freshman Avery Beatty finished with five points, four rebounds and a takeaway.

Junior Sidnee Auge and senior Victoria Navarro each added four points; Navarro closing with two rebounds, two dimes and a swipe — Auge snagging a pair of boards.

The offense for the Lady Indians was rounded out by a deuce from senior Olivia Morrell, who impacted the outcome with five boards and a handful of steals.

North Valleys was led by 11 points from freshman Hailey Calderon-Martinez — who hammered three 3s — junior Alexia Pena adding seven points.

Junior Georgia Wallin-Reed and senior Ileana Ruiz scored five points apiece, senior Skyler Curwen finished with three points, sophomore Jayden Taylor notched a deuce and the Lady Panthers’ scoring was capped by a free throw from freshman Meletava Fonohea.

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Wallin-Reed was a shot-blocking machine — rejecting nine attempts — adding five rebounds and a steal.

Stat Comparisons

North Valleys has not posted stats for all but six games, the numbers extremely diminished by the fact averages are based on 22 contests.

Elko Team Leaders

Scoring — Ross with 12 points, Jacaway (8.1), Aurora Eklund (6.0), Beatty (5.8), Izzy Eklund (5.0), Morrell (3.1), junior Zoe Blair (2.7 in three games) and Patterson (2.5)

Rebounding — Izzy Eklund at 5.6 boards, Ross (3.8), Morrell (3.4), Jacaway (3.2), Beatty and Aurora Eklund (2.7) and Patterson (2.6)

Assists — Aurora Eklund with 2.5 dimes, Jacaway (2.1), Izzy Eklund (1.4) and Ross (1.2)

Steals — Izzy Eklund and Aurora Eklund at 2.6 takeaways each, Jacaway (2.4), Morrell and Ross (1.3) and Patterson (1.0)

Blocks — Ross with .6 swats

Game Time

The Lady Indians (11-12 overall, 9-7 in league) and the Lady Panthers (7-15 overall, 5-10 in league) will finish their season series at 6 p.m. Friday, at North Valleys High School, in Reno.

Weekend Wrap

Elko will close out the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday versus the No. 2 Lady Wolverines (18-4 overall, 13-3 in league as of Thursday) in Truckee, California.

In the first meeting, the Lady Indians gave up an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost to Truckee by a final score of 47-44 on Jan. 11, at Centennial Gymnasium.

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After four quarters of play, the Elko girls basketball team needed another four minutes of shorthanded ball and some big plays for an overtime victory Saturday against Fallon, at Centennial Gymnasium.

The Lady Indians (10-9 overall, 7-4 in league) and the Lady Railroaders (2-14 overall, 1-12 overall) will square off at 6 p.m. Friday, in Fernley. Elko will close its road trip at 1 p.m. Saturday versus the No. 1 Lady Vaqueros (16-2 overall, 12-0 in league).

Despite a sloppy second half, the Elko girls basketball team was in control for a large portion of Friday’s 3A North matchup with South Tahoe. However, the game was a far cry from the Lady Indians’ league opener and 54-18 domination in the first meeting on Dec. 13, 2019.

Elko (7-9 overall, 5-4 in league) will open the second half of its 3A North schedule against a team it had already hammered. At 6 p.m. Friday, the Lady Indians will host South Tahoe (5-10 overall, 3-7 in league).

The Elko girls basketball team lost its chance to move into third place of the Division 3A North standings with a 47-44 loss to the Lady Wolverines, a game in which the Lady Indians led by eight points in the fourth quarter but were outscored 17-6 in crunch time.

The Lady Spartans picked up a much-needed win Saturday, ending a three-game skid. Against North Valleys, the Lady Spartans grabbed an early lead and ran away from the Lady Panthers with a big third quarter en route to a 49-27 victory for Spring Creek’s first win in 2020. The Lady Indians (7-8 overall, 5-3 in league) and Lady Spartans (7-8 overall, 4-4 in league) will close out the front side of the 3A North schedule at 6 p.m. Wednesday, in Spring Creek.

As the midway of the season approaches, the Elko girls basketball team controls its destiny. The Lady Indians (6-7 overall, 4-2 in league) can move into the No. 3 spot in the 3A North standings with wins over North Valleys (2-9 overall, 0-4 in league) at 6 p.m. Friday and current No. 3 Truckee (8-2 overall, 3-1 in league as of Thursday) at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Centennial Gymnasium.

A night after falling 58-40 on the road at Lowry, the Elko girls basketball team found itself in a tight contest at the break in Fallon — the Lady Indians asserting themselves on both ends of the floor and rolling in the second half over the revamped, three-time defending stat champion behind a career-high 23 points from senior Katie Ross.

Without its leading scorer, the Elko girls basketball team had no answers Friday in its road game at Lowry — the Lady Bucks dominating in a 58-40 victory — breaking a tie in the league standings. Elko dropped to 3-2 in the 3A North, Lowry improving to 4-1 in league play — the Lady Bucks beating the Lady Indians for the 11th-consecutive time.

Just one girls basketball team remains unbeaten in league play of the Division 3A North — Fernley at 5-0 — but a trio of 3-1 squads will open some separation one way or another in Friday’s and Saturday’s games. Elko is one of three teams at 3-1 in league, and the Lady Indians are set to take on Lowry — also 3-1 in the 3A North — at 6 p.m. Friday, in Winnemucca.

Elko’s girls were stingy in their 3A North openers on the road, allowing a grand total of 29 points in two games — tearing off wins of 54-18 over South Tahoe and 48-11 against Dayton.

On Saturday, the Elko girls basketball team went out winners against No. 2 Truckee by a final score of 46-32 — splitting the season series — the Lady Indians closing with the No. 5 seed of the Division 3A North regional tournament.

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