The McDermitt High School girls basketball team, coming off its impressive preseason, continued those winning ways in its Eastern 1A opener on Friday, Jan. 5, against Wells in McDermitt.
The Lady Bulldogs (1-0 Eastern 1A, 11-2 overall) broke open a close contest in the third quarter with a double-digit run to knock off the Leopards 56-37.
Junior Precious Masters continued her scoring tear, with 24 points on the night to lead all scorers with 24 points. She also grabbed 14 rebounds and contributed two assists.
McDermitt held a slim two-point lead at 15-13 in the first quarter and slowly pulled away in the second and third quarters. The Lady Bulldogs’ defense stepped up in the second quarter and held the Leopards to just six points, building a 26-19 lead at halftime.
The difference on the night was the third quarter, where McDermitt picked up the defensive pressure event more. The Lady Bulldogs left the Leopards behind with a 15-2 run out of the break. The spurt gave McDermitt a 41-21 advantage and they were not threatened from there.
Sophomore Jasmine Northrup added nine points and nine rebounds. Freshman Katie Crutcher had seven points, five rebounds and two steals and Adrie Smart and Shania Lenoir each scored six points.
Smart also had three assists and Lenoir added three steals, two assists and two rebounds. Morissa Bitt finished with four points and six points.
That was the only game of the weekend for McDermitt, since Jackpot does not have a girls team this year. The Lady Bulldogs played in Carlin on Friday night and results were not available at press time.
The top spot in the Eastern 1A is up for grabs on Saturday in Owyhee at 1 p.m. The Braves have won the last two 1A state championships.