Lady Bucks start year with 58-12 rout of North Valleys

The Lowry High School girls basketball team began its four-day stay in the Reno area with a 58-12 win over North Valleys on Wednesday night.

The Panthers are members of the Northern 4A but this will be a league game next year, when North Valleys drops to the Northern 3A in all sports.

Lowry raced out to a 16-4 advantage in the first quarter and never looked back. North Valleys did not score more than six points in any quarter and were held scoreless in the third quarter.

The Lady Bucks extended the lead to 35-6 at halftime, en route to the opening-night victory.

The contest became a running clock in the third quarter, as Lowry took a 46-6 lead after outscoring North Valleys 11-0 out of halftime. A running clock is used under NIAA rules, any time a team has a lead of 35 points or more.

The Panthers equaled their total of six points through three quarters, with six in the fourth quarter.

Lowry had three players in double figures, with junior Sydney Connors outscoring North Valleys by herself with 15 points. Seniors Alyssa Kuskie and Kyllie Sappington dropped 12 and 10 points respectively.

Sophomore Sierra Maestrejuan, playing in her first varsity contest, added nine points.

“We started out very excited and were taking quick shots,” said LHS coach Chelsea Cabatbat. “We got better as the game went on. I saw a lot of good things and a lot of things we need to work on. I am very proud of them.”

Lowry was back on the floor Thursday night to play Galena of the Northern 4A in the High Sierra Invitational. Results were not available at press time.

The Lady Bucks faced Rodriguez (Fairfield, Calif.) on Friday. Lowry closes out the tournament Saturday against Spanish Springs at 3 p.m.

Northern 3A action gets started on Tuesday night, as Lowry hosts Dayton at 6 p.m.