Pershing County girls basketball scores 20th win of the year

The Pershing County coaches and bench react as freshman Khloe Montes guards a Battle Mountain player on Friday night in Pershing County.

The Pershing County coaches and bench react as freshman Khloe Montes guards a Battle Mountain player on Friday night in Pershing County.

The Pershing County girls basketball team played three games this past week and won them all.

The Mustangs beat CASR on the road (64-38) last Tuesday. 

They upset Battle Mountain (37-26) at home on Friday night. Saturday afternoon they topped West Wendover (43-27).

With the wins they now stand at 20-1, overall, and 13-1 in the 2A Northern. 

Pershing County hosted Yerington on Jan. 30. Results were not available at press time.

3-pointers help Pershing County prevail over CASR

The first quarter against the Falcons ended at 13-12, with Pershing County up by one point. 

However, in the second quarter, Pershing County scored 24 points and pulled away. 

Pershing County's Raegan Burrows drives the ball across the court against Battle Mountain at Friday's Winterfest game, hosted by Pershing County.

It was one of their highest scoring quarters of the year, largely thanks to sophomore Kyra Cerini. 

Cerini hit three 3-pointers in the second quarter and kept Pershing County going. She totaled 11 points for the game with two assists and two rebounds.

Senior Yasmine McKinney tallied 11 points with two 3-pointers in the game, along with five rebounds. Meanwhile, point guard Anna Happy controlled the competition from her position, adding nine points, five rebounds and 13 assists. 

Defensively, Raegan Burrows held one of Coral's top scorers at bay. Burrows scored 23 points for the Mustangs with eight rebounds and five steals. 

"Coral is a dangerous team on any given night, so it was good to get the win there on the road," said coach Lee Houston. 

PCHS overcomes foul trouble to beat BMHS

Pershing County jumped out with 14 points in the first quarter to Battle Mountain's three. At the half, the score stood at 21-11, with Pershing County up by ten points. However, they ran into foul trouble.

"We had to pump the breaks and change how we normally play. The second half was not pretty but we were able to grind out the win. Aaliyah Allen (#14) had a good game in the post," said Houston.

The coaches appreciated the Winterfest home crowd. Mustang seniors Yasmine McKinney and Hunter Nolf are Winterfest King and Queen. Burrows led Pershing County's scoring with 12 points. Allen added nine. 

PCHS scores 20th win of season against West Wendover

The Mustangs kept the Wolverines from scoring in the first quarter, not an easy feat.

"The girls put the clamps on West Wendover, holding them scoreless in the first quarter. West Wendover always plays hard, which makes it difficult to put them away," said Houston.

"We moved some players around in the second half which helped us put more points up. We also crashed the offensive boards really well," he added.

Burrows scored 26 of Pershing County's 43 points.

Upcoming games

On Friday, Feb. 2, Pershing County travels to North Tahoe (13-0) to play the top-ranked team in the 2A. 

Pershing County's only loss of the year happened at home on Jan. 5 against the Lakers (31-28) so this is a huge game for both teams.

The regular season closes with a home game against Silver Stage on Feb. 6, and a road game against Oasis on Feb. 9.

Pershing County will say goodbye to its seniors at the Silver Stage game, senior night. 

They include Kaylah Hanley, Taylor Garland, Yasmine McKinney, Mady Grenz and Anna Happy.