Tremayne ends career on top |

Tremayne ends career on top

RENO – Tera Tremayne ended her distinguished high school basketball career on Saturday the way every basketball player envisions – winning a state title.

“That’s always what I dreamed of,” said Tremayne, who was able to share her second state title in three years with coach/father Paul and younger sister Alyssa. “This title I wanted to win more for (my dad) because he’s been to many state championships and he’s only won two. And I got to play in it with my little sister and that doesn’t happen very often.”

Tremayne scored a game-high 23 points, including 10 of 11 at the foul line, to lead Battle Mountain to a 53-46 victory over Needles to win the Nevada 2A state girls’ basketball crown at Lawlor Events Center.

Paul Tremayne said the crushing one-point defeat to Whittell in the regional championships the previous Saturday gave his team extra incentive at state.

“As good as Whittell played, we did enough things wrong that kind of made us motivated to play better this weekend,” Paul said.

Aranxta Kovis, a junior, came up big in the closing minutes for Battle Mountain, scoring six of her 16 points during an 8-2 run that put the Longhorns ahead 49-43 with 1 minute, 17 seconds to go.

Needles, which was looking for its first state title after holding off Whittell on Friday night, got no closer than five points in the final minute.

In the regional championship game, Tera missed a potential game-tying free throw in the final seconds that would have sent the game into overtime. She had no intention of reliving that disappointment, making 4-of-5 attempts in the closing 30 seconds to put away the Mustangs.

“I definitely wasn’t going to miss the last free throw this game. We definitely weren’t going to lose,” Tera said. “I always thought we were the best team and I just wanted to prove it again.”

College of Southern Idaho, Western Wyoming, Carroll College and Eastern Oregon have expressed interest in the Battle Mountain star, but she won’t make an immediate decision on her future.

“I want to go on and play somewhere, and I’m sure I will, but right now I’m not sure where,” Tremayne said.

The Northern 2A League missed a chance to leave Lawlor with two state titles, but upstart Hawthorne was drubbed 71-46 by The Meadows in Saturday’s final.

All season long the Serpents were able to get away with a nine-player roster, but two frontline players were plagued by foul trouble in the team’s most important game.

Cade Cripps, a 6-5 senior, sat out the final seven minutes of the second quarter and 6-4 sophomore Jesse Bajwa missed some crucial time in the third quarter with four fouls, enabling The Meadows to expose the Serpents’ thin bench.

Junior guard Louis Loutas scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half, keeping Hawthorne in striking range at 32-25. But Mychael Martinez and Richard Smith combined for 15 points in a third period that ended with the Mustangs comfortably in front 53-33.

Smith, playing in his final game, finished with 23 points, while Martinez, a junior, scored 17.

Hawthorne, trying to win its first state championship in 42 years, got 11 points from Bajwa and 10 by junior guard Cory Hofer.

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