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Spring Creek, Elko girls each 1-2 ahead of league
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Spring Creek, Elko girls each 1-2 ahead of league

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ELKO — As the Spring Creek and Elko girls basketball teams step on the floor Friday for their respective league openers, each squad will have a 1-2 record attached to their names — both hoping to improve to 2-2.

Spring Creek

The Lady Spartans lost their first and last contests of the High Sierra Winter Classic, dropping a lopsided game in the season opener by a final score of 66-31 to Spanish Springs.

Spring Creek righted the ship with a 44-42 victory over Damonte Ranch.

In the tourney finale, the Lady Spartans fell but they could hold their heads high after pushing Division 4A powerhouse Reno to a two-point, 34-32 ballgame — limiting the Lady Huskies to single digits in every frame.

At 6 p.m. Friday night, Spring Creek will play its league opener on the road — facing the Lady Dust Devils, in Dayton.

In a non-league contest against a 3A North team, Dayton (0-3 overall) was pounded by 40 points against Truckee on Dec. 7, in Sparks.

The Lady Spartans will close their 3A North roadie with a 1 p.m. Saturday ballgame at South Tahoe, which won its league opener 32-22 on Dec. 10, in Sparks.

Neither Dayton nor Spring Creek have posted season stats.

Elko

Like the Lady Spartans, the Lady Indians also went 1-2 at the High Sierra Winter Classic — losing and winning in the exact-same order.

Elko was pummeled by 4A power Bishop Manogue in the season opener by a score of 59-22, a game in which the Lady Indians turned the ball over 44 times — including 24 giveaways by one player.

In the Lady Indians’ second contest, Elko used a solid defensive effort for a 40-28 victory over Lassen (California).

Facing Douglas in the tourney finale, the Lady Indians cost themselves a win with unforced turnovers and poor shooting at the charity stripe — falling 46-36 to the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Indians will look for their first win during 3A North play at 6 p.m. Friday at South Tahoe.

The Lady Vikings have shown balance, despite only one player scoring in double digits.

Sophomore Alexi Haven averages a near double-double at 10.5 points and eight rebounds per game, flirting with crazy triple-double numbers on 6.5 steals.

Junior Kayleen Conard is averaging nine points, five rebounds, two steals and 1.5 assists.

Junior Eva Perry does her work inside, scoring 8.5 points – matching the number on a team-best 8.5 rebounds per contest — notching 3.5 steals and a team-high 1.5 blocks per outing.

Running the show offensively, junior Giovana DeLoia paces the passing game with 3.5 assists per game — averaging 5.5 points. 3.5 boards, two steals and a block.

Junior Ruby Neiger also makes all-around contributions with 4.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 swipes per game.

The Lady Indians will shut down their road trip at 1 p.m. Saturday versus the Lady Dust Devils, in Dayton.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Despite back-to-back losses, the Spring Creek girls basketball team can take solace from major contributions from a host of young call-ups during their two-game road trip. In two games, the Lady Spartans lost by a grand total of seven points.

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.

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.

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.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Spring Creek will get another taste of home cooking with sights of a weekend sweep — opening with a matchup against winless Dayton (0-9 overall, 0-12 in league).

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).

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