ALAMO – At one point following the Wells Rural Electric Classic, the Lady Leopards’ record stood at 2-3.
Better look again, the Wells girls basketball team has lit up – winning six straight ballgames.
Wells went undefeated in the Comstock Classic in Virginia City, closing the tournament with a 40-27 victory over Battle Mountain.
The Lady Leopards then avenged a WREC loss on Monday to the Elko JV, beating the Lady Indians 42-34.
On Thursday, the Lady Leopards exacted some revenge on another team that beat them at home during the WREC tourney – beating the Lady Panthers of Pahranagat Valley in Alamo – earning a 50-33 victory with just seven players.
Versus Battle Mountain
Against the Lady Longhorns in the final game of the Comstock Classic on Dec. 9 in Virginia City, defense was the key in the early going for Wells.
The Lady Leopards limited Battle Mountain to just two points in the first quarter, posting 11 of their own.
Battle Mountain gained the upper hand in the second quarter, 16-13, but Wells led 24-18 at the break.
The Lady Longhorns cut the deficit to three entering the final quarter with an 11-8 advantage in the third.
Entering the fourth, the Lady Leopards led 32-29.
In the final frame, Battle Mountain was unable to complete the comeback grind – the scoring knotted at eight points apiece.
Wells hung on for a 40-37 victory.
Senior Keegan Laughlin and freshman Cameron Powers led the way for the Lady Leopards, scoring 12 points apiece.
Senior Amanda Murphy chipped in eight, shooting 6-for-8 from the free-throw line.
Laughlin grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, and Powers snagged a team-best five steals – also knocking down 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.
Versus Elko JV
Against the Elko junior varsity, the Lady Leopards let the Lady Indians know the second meeting of the season would be much different than the first.
Wells outscored Elko 17-4 in the first quarter, but the second period evened out 10-all.
The Lady Leopards’ lead grew to 27-14 by halftime.
Elko outscored Wells for the first and only time in the game with a 14-9 frame in the third period, but the Lady Indians trailed 36-28 entering the fourth.
In the fourth, each club scored six points and Wells pulled out a 42-34 win.
Senior Samantha Stumpf led Wells with 14 points, burying three 3s in only three quarters after tweaking her already-iffy ankle.
Powers scored in double figures with 12 points, and Wells gained five points apiece from Murphy, Laughlin and freshman McKenli Myers.
Versus Pahranagat Valley
Playing a state qualifying team from the South last season, the Lady Leopards took down the Lady Panthers on Thursday by a final score of 50-33 – sparked by a 22-8 advantage in the first period.
Pahranagat Valley narrowly edged Wells, 9-7, in the second period.
The Lady Leopards led 29-17 at halftime.
In the third, the Lady Panthers took a close battle for the second straight period, but the 11-10 frame was not enough to overcome the first-period thumping handed out by the Lady Leopards.
Entering the fourth quarter, Wells led 39-28.
Wells stayed the course in the final frame, outscoring Pahranagat Valley, 11-5, to close the game.
The Lady Leopards earned a solid victory over a state-caliber team, defeating the Lady Panthers 50-33.
Powers was huge for Wells in the win, leading the Lady Leopards with 20 points and eight rebounds – adding three assists and three steals.
She was hot from deep, burying four 3s in seven attempts.
Laughlin scored in double digits with 10 points and grabbed six boards.
Senior Sam Shamblin had a solid game for Wells, finishing with five points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Enoch Dahl said Murphy’s defense on Pahranagat Valley senior Karley Whipple was “huge,” holding her to eight points.
Murphy closed the game with four points, three rebounds and three steals.
“It was a great win. These kids battled,” Dahl said.
Wells was scheduled to face Pahrump Valley at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Bulldog Invitational Tournament in Mesquite, closing the tourney with a 1:30 p.m. Saturday tipoff with Dixie (Utah).