Last time at home until next year for Pershing County girls basketball

Pershing senior Yasmine McKinney drives the ball across the court with backup from Kaylah Hanley, also a senior.

Pershing senior Yasmine McKinney drives the ball across the court with backup from Kaylah Hanley, also a senior.

Last Tuesday was a milestone for the Pershing County High School girls basketball team. 

Silver Stage visited PCHS on senior night, the last home game of the year. The Mustangs beat the Nighthawks 55-23.

Taylor Garland, Anna Happy, Yasmine McKinney, Madyson Grenz and Kaylah Hanley scored 45 of Pershing County's 55 points including six 3-pointers. 

They each graduate this spring.

Coach Lee Houston brought Taylor's younger sister, Arya, up from JV. 

The siblings played on the senior night court before an appreciative home crowd. Their family watched from the bleachers with pride. 

Taylor Garland nailed three 3-pointers and a season and career-high 17 points. 

Pershing County senior Taylor Garland passes to her sister, Arya Garland.

Happy scored 15 points with two 3-pointers. Mckinney added five points including a 3-pointer. Kaylah Hanley had six points and six rebounds. Mady Grenz got two points and 10 rebounds.

"Senior night was perfect. Our five seniors put on a show for the home crowd for the last time. All of the non-seniors cheered from the bench," said Houston. "It was a great night for all," said Houston.

Friday's road game was also a milestone, the last regular game of the 2023-2024 season. The girls defeated Oasis 48-28. At the half the score was 31-4.

Four new faces graced the court. The coaches moved Khloe Montes, Mia Canchola, Arya Garland, and Kenya Vaughan from JV for the rest of the year. 

"We now have 13 girls in varsity. They all played in this game and ten of the 13 scored," said Houston.

Raegan Burrows led the scoring against Oasis with 12 points. She also had nine steals and five rebounds. Aaliyah Allen scored eight points with four rebounds and two steals. 

Taylor Garland totaled seven points, seven steals, four rebounds and three assists. Riley Harvey went 5 - 6 from the foul line and scored five points.

The Mustangs end the regular season at 23-2, overall, and 16-2 in the 2A Northern. Both losses were to North Tahoe.

West Wendover hosts  the Northern 2A Regional Tournament this weekend. On Friday at 6:20 p.m. Mountain time, Pershing County will play either third seed Yerington or sixth seed Sierra Lutheran, depending on which of them defeats the other. 

"We look forward to the regionals at West Wendover. We will have a great week of practice and punch our ticket to state," said Houston.