Redfern, Highlanders edge past Longhorns
In a career of monster games, Taylor Redfern had another one Friday night.
The senior poured in 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead the Incline Lady Highlanders basketball team past host Battle Mountain, 53-51. Incline is unbeaten through four Northern League games.
Redfern, the state’s 2A career leader in 3-pointers made, hit 7 of 12 from beyond the arc, grabbed seven rebounds, made six steals and blocked two shots in Incline’s ninth straight win and 10th in 11 games this season.
“Taylor was huge the entire game,” said Highlanders coach Indra Winquest. “She hit big shots, she was getting to the rim and getting others involved. And she shut down the league’s MVP in the fourth quarter. I’ve seen her have big games, but this is one of the biggest. I think she is the best player in our league. She has the complete game.”
It was the 100th win for Winquest since he took over the program five years ago. That computes to a lot of wins every season.
“We shared that with the girls after they won and they were real excited,” Winquest said. “It was such a great way to head into the (winter) break.”
Incline jumped all over the Longhorns and lead 22-6 after the first quarter. But Battle Mountain returned the favor in the second period and went into halftime trailing by just four, 29-25.
It was close the rest of the way.
The Longhorns pulled ahead 44-41 but Incline went on a 10-0 run and held off a late challenge, including the final shot for the home team to tie the game, but it didn’t fall.
“We jumped on them, but they are a good experienced team,” Winquest said. “By the end of the first quarter the momentum had kind of changed. We made a couple of turnovers, they hit a couple of shots and battled back. They are a really good team. Anytime you go on the road and get a win in a hostile environment, it’s a great win. We’re happy.”
The Highlanders (10-1, 4-0 Northern) received about nine days off after beating Battle Mountain and are fully focused on what will be their biggest game of the season when they return from vacation Jan. 4, at White Pine (8-0, 4-0 Northern), the two-time defending Northern League champions.
Following White Pine, Incline will play at West Wendover the next day and its next home game will be Tuesday, Jan. 8, against rival North Tahoe.
“It’s getting real exciting for us,” Winquest said. “We have a lot of confidence going into White Pine to start the new year. They are the favorite until somebody knocks them off.”