Four games into their Northern Division III schedule, the Incline girls have established that they are the team to beat, having knocked off three league powers en route to a 4-0 mark.
After defeating Battle Mountain and Pershing County the week before last, the Highlanders returned from the holiday break to take down West Wendover, 67-23, on Friday, and White Pine, 45-37, on Saturday. Both games were on the road, several hundred miles from home.
“White Pine was tough, and we knew they would be. That was a big, big win for us on the road,” said Incline coach Indra Winquest. “We’ve beaten the three teams in league that we thought would be a threat. So the second time around, teams are going to be gunning for us.”
The Highlanders (4-0 league, 12-1 overall) breezed past the Wolverines (0-4) to open the long road trip, holding the hosts to nine points or fewer in each quarter.
Ten different Incline players scored, with sophomore forward Kira Porter leading the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. Porter was named Incline’s Player of the Game.
“We came out and took care of business, built a big lead early,” Winquest said. “We’re trying to establish more of a post presence, and Kira and Kerrie (Tonking) both did a great job.”
Tonking scored 11 points, Molly Franklin contributed nine points, and Caroline May and Brianna Barrazza each had seven. Torii Baker had five steals.
Incline received another well-rounded team effort the following day to get past a physical White Pine team, which was previously undefeated in league play.
Winquest said the Highlanders fell behind early but were not fazed. They pulled to within three points by the end of the first quarter and took a 17-15 lead into the half.
Incline went on to outscore the hosts 11-10 in the third quarter and 17-12 in the fourth as Tonking and Baker both hit several clutch free throws down the stretch.
“They’re a good defensive team,” Winquest said of the Bobcats. “They’re aggressive and play hard. I’m really proud of the way the girls played. They never lost their composure.”
Franklin scored a team-high 10 points and pulled down six rebounds, and Tonking scored nine points and was Incline’s Player of the Game. Porter finished with eight points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, and Elise Nelson had eight points. Winquest credited Franklin for stepping up defensively.
After their long road trip, the Highlanders hit the aroad again for a nonleague game at Portola on Tuesday, which they won 62-43.
Solis scored a team-high 18 points, while Porter and Franklin added 16 points apiece. Porter also had 12 rebounds.
BOYS SPLIT ROAD TRIP
Incline’s boys, meanwhile, opened the trip with a 74-67 loss at West Wendover on Friday and followed with a 60-47 win over White Pine the next day.
Against West Wendover, which is now the only undefeated team in the Northern Division III, at 5-0, four different Wolverines scored in double figures, led by Kaydn Sharp’s 22 points and Manny Flores’ 19.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 20-14 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 45-23 at the half.
West Wendover again outscored Incline in the third quarter, 23-20, before Incline gained a little ground in the fourth.
Incline stats were not available.
The Highlanders started out slowly against White Pine on Saturday, trailing 13-11 after one quarter. But they picked up their game after that, outscoring the hosts 20-14 in the second quarter, 14-11 in the third and 15-9 in the fourth to pull away.
Nick Johnson led White Pine with 20 points.
Incline is now 3-1 in league play (10-5 overall), which is currently second in the standings ahead of White Pine and Battle Mountain, both at 3-2.
The Incline boys and girls are scheduled to host league games against Silver Stage on Friday, girls at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30. Both teams then travel to Yerington for league games Saturday.