INCLINE VILLAGE - When Molly Franklin and Kortney Solis have the green light to shoot - which is every time down the court - the Incline girls are a dangerous basketball team.
Incline's big two combined to score 34 points on five 3-pointers Tuesday night, and the Highlanders rolled to a 47-28 Mount Rose League win against visiting Whittell.
"It was a win, but it was ugly," said Incline coach Wayne Nash, who lamented his team 6-of-20 shooting from the free-throw line and missed layups. "We had our (full-court) pressure going, but offensively we were really sluggish."
Despite Whittell senior Emily Harris' hot shooting hand - she hit three 3-pointers in the game and had 10 points in the first half - the Highlanders jumped out to a 17-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and held the Warriors to single digits in each of the remaining three quarters.
After Harris connected on a 3-pointer to cut Incline's lead to 19-14 midway through the second quarter, the Highlanders powered out of the half with eight straight points to extend their lead to 27-14. Franklin hit a shot from the perimeter and followed with a hard drive to the hoop, while Kerrie Tonking and Torii Baker each drove coast-to-coast after steals to close out the half.
"Our big thing was turnovers and fouls," said Whittell coach Tom Esposito, whose team had more than 20 turnovers. "That will hurt you. But other than that, it was a good game."
The Warriors never relented after the break, as they created 17 turnovers themselves with a scrappy zone defense and full-court press late.
But the shooting of Franklin and Solis were too much to overcome, as Solis closed out the third quarter with a 3-pointer to increase Incline's lead to 36-22.
"We started off kinda slow, but we're really good at working as a team, and I think our defense picks us up and that turns into offense," said Solis, who finished with 13 points.
Incline outscored Whittell 11-6 in the fourth to seal the win.
"We're playing our best basketball right now," said Incline coach Wayne Nash, whose Highlanders have won five straight and seven of their last eight. "The girls really turned a corner. I think we're now one of the strongest teams in the state. Pershing County obviously is the best, but then I think it's up for grabs."
Franklin scored a game-high 21 points and Tonking had five, while Harris led Whittell with 12 points, Amanda Harris added six points, and Kenya Maltase and Harki Mand each had four.
Incline improved to 14-12 overall and 6-3 in the Mount Rose League.
Warriors snag Spring Creek game
The lady Warriors redeemed themselves Wednesday with a 46-17 home win over Spring Creek on Wednesday.
Amanda Harris posted a game-high 24 points. Emily Harris had 12, and Sierra Forvilly had seven.
"We ran a pretty good offense and things just seemed to be clicking," Esposito said. "We had less than 20 turnovers the whole game, which is good for us. We still had 15 fouls though and the fouls will hurt us, especially if it happens against South Tahoe on Saturday."
Whittell is now 10-14 overall and 3-7 in league.
UP NEXT: The girls close out regular season play at home against South Tahoe High School, Saturday at 6 p.m.
- Tribune sports editor Becky Regan contributed to this report.
Whittell 7 7 8 6 - 28
Incline 17 10 9 11 - 47