INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Incline girls basketball coach Wayne Nash likes his team's chances when holding the opposition to zero points in the first quarter, and four points through one half.
In their first home game of the season Tuesday night, the Highlanders outscored Silver Stage 14-0 in the opening quarter and 29-4 through the midway point in a 55-25 rout.
"It was a good win. We needed a home win," said Nash, whose team is off to a 2-5 start after facing some of the tougher teams in its division on the road. "That was our first game with all 10 girls. It's nice having Kortney (Solis) back. It was her first game."
Solis, a junior forward, was one of a handful of Highlanders who scored nearly at will throughout the contest, mostly on slashing drives to the bucket. She finished with a game-high 16 points in 16 minutes to go along with her seven rebounds and two steals.
The Highlanders came out with intensity, creating turnovers with an aggressive full-court press to build their big early lead. They scored the first 16 points of the game before the Nighthawks got on the board early in the second quarter.
By then Incline had backed off its press, only pressuring the visitors in occasional spurts.
"It was our press (that made the difference). We are just starting to get the kinks out of it," Nash said. "Tonight showed that when we apply pressure, good things happen."
Along with Solis, sophomore guard Molly Franklin and friends punished the Nighthawks with steals that led to transition layups. Franklin scored 14 points and had four steals, while freshman Kira Porter cleaned up the boards to finish with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kerrie Tonking added seven points and three assists. The Highlanders had 19 steals total.
"This was a coming out party for (number) 22," Nash said of Franklin. "She's only a sophomore, and she can handle the ball with both hands and score it. She should score 13, 14 points a night for us."
Nash said while the Highlanders are off to a slow start record-wise, their goal is to continue to improve as the season progresses, and be on their game come playoff time.
Incline is scheduled to host Coleville on Friday at 4:30 p.m.