On Friday and Saturday, Jan. 5 and 6, the Battle Mountain Longhorns JV boys and girls teams traveled to play against the West Wendover Wolverines and White Pine Bobcats in two league games. The JV boys defeated the Bobcats while the JV girls outlasted the Wolverines.
The Longhorns JV boys faced a talented Wolverine JV team on Friday evening. The Wolverines were able to establish an early lead against Battle Mountain, cashing in on some early turnovers by the Longhorn boys.
The Longhorn JV boys lost to the Wolverines by a final score of 71-32; the JV boys struggled to rebound during the game but learned from their rough day in Wendover, as the following day the Longhorns rebounded against the White Pine Bobcats. Roy Chavira of the Longhorns JV established his dominance against the Bobcats earning his first double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds in the game.
The Longhorns JV started quick against White Pine but could not capitalize on their effort, missing 10 breakaway layups in the first quarter. The Battle Mountain JV settled down and watched their shots start to fall against the Bobcats. After trailing 9-6 in the first quarter, the Longhorns went on a 46-4 run to finish the game. The Longhorns JV defeated the Bobcats by a final of 55-13.
The Lady Longhorns JV had the opposite result and defeated the West Wendover Wolverines by a final score of 33-20. The girls JV then faced the White Pine Bobcats and battled with the Lady Cats but came up short, losing by a final score of 30-22. The Lady Longhorns JV were within striking distance of the White Pine girls, but with a late push by the Bobcats, the Lady Bobcats established their victory.
Battle Mountain JV will be in Pershing County on Jan. 9, at 3 p.m for the JV girls and 4:30 p.m. for the JV boys. The upcoming game is the first meeting between the Longhorns JV and the Mustang JV, but the Lady JV teams have met twice this year with Battle Mountain winning both of the contests.
Editor’s note: Travis Masterson is the Battle Mountain Longhorn Junior Varsity basketball head coach.