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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


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.

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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.


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).

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.

No. 1 and No. 4 will face each other at 6 p.m. Friday. The Lady Spartans (11-8 overall, 7-4 in league) and the Lady Vaqueros met on Dec. 20, 2019, in Spring Creek, Fernley (16-2 overall, 12-0 in league) overcoming a four-point, fourth-quarter deficit with a 19-point explosion in the final frame for 71-60 victory.

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).

After the shorthanded Lady Spartans' 42-40 loss on Jan. 3, in Fallon, and 47-42 loss on Jan. 4, at Lowry, they will rematch with the Lady Greenwave at 6 p.m. Friday and tip off with the Lady Buckaroos for the second time at 1 p.m. Saturday, in Spring Creek.

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.

Spring Creek built a lead as large as 27 points and played its bench for much of the fourth quarter in a thorough domination of the Lady Buckaroos, assuming sole possession of fourth place in the league standings with a 58-43 victory.

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.

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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