Dave Maxwell Gracie Carter readies for a free throw for Pahranagat Valley. The Lady Panthers host Tonopah tonight and play at co-league leader Round Mountain on Saturday.

Dave Maxwell
Gracie Carter readies for a free throw for Pahranagat Valley. The Lady Panthers host Tonopah tonight and play at co-league leader Round Mountain on Saturday.

Keeping pace with Round Mountain and Beaver Dam for the Southern Division IV League lead, the Pahranagat Valley High School girls basketball team has a big test this Saturday when they play at Round Mountain (13-5, 5-0).

The biggest challenge is likely to be Alyssa Hanks, the Knight’s 5-11 sophomore center, who was co-MVP of the league last year, and currently leads all of Southern Nevada is scoring with a 20.82 points per game average plus 209 rebounds. She is also a 70 percent free throw shooter, 97 of 137.

Alamo is 13-0 against Round Mountain since 2007, and has allowed the Knights more than 40 points only once. In two games against PVHS last season, Hanks had 26 points, with 18 of those coming at the foul line.

But it will be more difficult this year, as the Knights are averaging 45.1 ppg, while the Lady Panthers are averaging about 33.3 ppg.

On Tuesday night this week, the PVHS mauled Word of Life in Las Vegas 72-27.

Assistant coach Tory Frehner said the second team players got in quite a bit. “We got up on them early, and they kind of folded under our pressure, and we let the younger girls have some time.”

The 45-point spread is the largest over any opponent since a 38-3 win over Lutheran (Chula Vista, Calif.) the first game of the season.

On Saturday, in a low scoring affair, Pahranagat Valley kept pace for first place in the league by nipping Beatty 29-24 on the Hornets home floor. Pahranagat is 11-0 against Beatty since 2007, and this year’s score was the closest since a 44-39 win in 2008. Alamo’s win gave Beatty their first league loss.

A couple of days earlier, last Thursday, the girls easily beat Adelson 55-22. Karley Whipple and Madi Taylor both had 13 points. Allyse Frehner added 10. Shoshana Wexler led Adelson (3-6, 1-4) with 11 points.

In the northern Division IV, the current leaders are Smith Valley and McDermitt, both at 17-2, followed by Eureka 14-2 and Pyramid Lake 9-4, although the Lakers have at least three unreported scores.

This week, Pahranagat (10-6, 4-0) hosts Tonopah (3-11, 2-2) tonight and plays at Round Mountain on Saturday.