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January 30, 2013
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Incline basketball | Girls 'peaking at right time'

The Incline girls have hit their stride.

The Highlanders have gone 4-1 since suffering a Mount Rose League loss at South Tahoe on Jan. 18, outscoring opponents 228-131 in the four wins while coming up six points short against Truckee this past Friday, 37-31.

"The team is paying real well right now. Peaking at the right time," said Incline coach Wayne Nash. "Our press is killing most teams. We lost to Truckee only by six and seven (points) this year. Last year we were beat by 20 in both games with Truckee."

Most recently, Incline breezed past visiting Sparks, 59-23, on Tuesday to improve to 3-3 in Mount Rose League play (11-12 overall).

Junior guard Kortney Solis led the Highlanders with 23 points, as she went 7-of-13 from 3-point range, with six in the first half alone. Molly Franklin added 20 points and six steals, and Kerrie Tonking posted a double-double with 10 points, 12 steals and five rebounds.

Incline led 22-4 after one quarter and 44-9 at the half.

Against the larger Wolverines on Friday, both teams played a strong two-thirds zone that limited offensive production, as Truckee committed 35 turnovers and Incline had 27.

The difference in the game was the first quarter, when the Wolverines outscored the Highlanders 14-8. Every other quarter was dead even, as each team scored six points in the second quarter, 10 in the third and seven in the fourth.

Incline held Truckee in check in large part by shutting down leading scorer Sydnie English, who did not score in the second half and eventually fouled out.

Franklin, whom Nash calls "a star in the making," led the Highlanders with a game-high 12 points.

"She's a player," said Truckee coach Geoff Stephens. "Fortunately we handled the remaining players, but it wasn't easy. Coach Wayne does a great job and always has his kids ready to play."

Truckee improved to 5-0 in Mount Rose League play.

The Highlanders wasted little time getting back into the win column, as they defeated a solid Portola team, 62-47, in a nonleague road game Saturday.

"We took out our aggressions on Portola," said Nash, adding that the Tigers have been the California Division V Mid Valley League Champions the last three years. "They are a good team and well coached."

Portola held a 29-21 advantage at the half, but Incline exploded in the second half, scoring 41 points with the help of a suffocating full-court press.

Franklin dropped 30 points to lead all scorers, while Tonking finished one rebound shy of a double-double.

"She does so many things that can't be measured in the scorebook," Nash said of Tonking. "She's a very smart player."

Sarah Wright added 11 rebounds and Kira Porter had 13 rebounds to clean up the glass.

Nash said he was approached by Feather River College head coach Haley White, who was "very interested in a few of our players."

UP NEXT: Incline is scheduled to host South Tahoe on Friday at 6 p.m. and play at North Tahoe on Saturday. The Highlanders then host Whittell on Tuesday and end the regular season at Sparks next Saturday.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 30, 2013 01:09PM Published Jan 30, 2013 01:08PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.