Two teams that haven’t met in quite some time for such high stakes stayed on a collision course in the girls Southern Division IV league.
Round Mountain and Pahranagat Valley stayed tied for the league lead with wins over the weekend.
The Knights edged Sandy Valley 46-43 last Friday in their only league game, while the Lady Panthers were taking two: 58-25 at Tonopah, and 65-26 at home on Saturday against Word of Life.
Round Mountain (9-8, 5-0) which has not won a league championship since 2008, nor a spot in the state tournament since 1999, has two non-league games with Northern Division IV Eastern leader Eureka (14-2, 3-2) sandwiched around a game at Word of Life, before their important meeting with Pahranagat Valley in Alamo Feb. 6.
Against the Knights, PVHS is 11-0 since 2007.
The most recent pivotal game between the two teams was in 2008 when Round Mountain won the Central Division at 10-0, and played Pahranagat Valley, winners of the Southern Division, in the regional playoffs semi-finals which PVHS won 46-35.
This past weekend, Pahranagat Valley (8-9, 4-0) had little trouble with Tonopah (2-14, 1-4) on Friday. The Panthers however, trailed by one at the end of the first quarter, but in the fourth quarter the Alamo girls opened it up and got enough turnovers and easy baskets to build an insurmountable lead.
Only five Tonopah girls scored led by Madison North and Alli Otero with seven points each.
Kalli Hosier sparked PVHS with 17 points. Jade Jewett gave the girls a lot of second chance baskets with offensive rebounds.
A senior, Jade Jewett said the team got the win because “We played really hard. It started out slow, but after halftime we really picked it up. We’ve gotten a lot better as a team. I have fun playing with all the people on the team and it’s fun to be with each other.”
On Saturday night, the Alamo girls evened their season record at 9-9 with a rout of visiting Word of Life and stayed unbeaten in league play at 5-0.
PVHS played at Adelson (2-6, 0-4) in Las Vegas Thursday this week, their only game of the week.