Winnemucca eighth-grade girls basketball team collects three wins in opening weekend

The Winnemucca Junior High School eighth-grade girls basketball team started its season last weekend with three wins in four games.

“These girls really worked hard for every steal, point, and advantage we could get,” said coach DaraLee Millikan. “They played tough defense and never gave up. We were scrambling to fit in everything we needed  before this weekend.”

The Warriors traveled to Carson City on Friday, Sept. 6, and they picked up two wins.

Winnemucca knocked off Carson 31-6 in its first game. Savannah Stoker led all scorers with 14 points and teammate Jacqueline Sanchez added seven points.

Cambria Tisue contributed four points and Bryce Brinkerhoff, Alexis Galarza and Piper Nichols each had two points.

In its second game in Carson City, Winnemucca blanked Eagle Valley 42-0. Stoker and Brinkerhoff reached double figures with 25 and 10 points, respectively. 

Jacqueline Sanchez scored nine, while Autumn Sanchez and Galarza netted four points apiece. Nichols had two points for the Warriors.

The road trip for Winnemucca continued on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Fernley.

Winnemucca claimed a 66-43 win over Fernley, where Stoker (25) and Brinkerhoff (10) combined for 35 points.

Tisue scored nine points, Autumn Sanchez eight, Jacqueline Sanchez and Nichols four each and Galarza two.  

Winnemucca suffered its first loss later in the day, falling 42-30 to Fallon. Stoker had a team-high 18 points, while Brinkerhoff added six. Hayden Case collected four points and Jacqueline Sanchez had two points. 

“Fallon threw a mid-court press on us that we struggled to break,” added the coach. “They did a good job of putting pressure on our guards. It would be nice to have the opportunity to play Fallon again later in the season, but it’s one and done. Savannah was consistent all weekend, doing everything I asked her to. Bailey played hard and had a great attitude. All the girls gave it their all. I am proud of their efforts.

Winnemucca made its home debut on Thursday and results were not available at press time.

Winnemucca travels to Lovelock on Saturday, Sept. 21, for a 9 a.m. start.