Alyssa Hanks had 11 of her game high 25 points in the fourth quarter to spark Round Mountain to a 50-43 win over visiting Pahranagat Valley last Saturday.
Tied at 32 after three quarters, the 5-11 sophomore Hanks, the state scoring and rebounding leader, also did well at the foul line, making 14-of-18 (77 percent), 7 of 8 of them in the last quarter.
Pahranagat Valley committed six turnovers in a four and-a-half minute span that gave the Knights the spark they needed. Alexis Madziarek contributed 10 points.
Karley Whipple led PVHS with 17 points and Allyse Frehner added 10.
For most of the game, the Panther girls had Hanks bottled up with a double team, but in the fourth period she came out more on top of the key and did her shooting from there, plus was fouled three times.
The Knights had two 6-0 runs in the quarter which eventually built up a 44-34 lead.
Alamo did pull within 46-43 on a basket by Madalyn Taylor, but a flagrant foul in the final seconds put Hanks at the line again where she made both.
It was the first loss to Round Mountain since before 2006.
Round Mountain (15-5, 670) beat Beatty on Tuesday this week, and closes out the league season next week with a non-league game against Eureka and a trip to Beaver Dam.
Friday night, in Alamo, Taylor had nine of her 15 game high points in the first half, leading PVHS to a 38-30 win over Tonopah. The Lady Panthers were also 5-for-7 (71 percent) at the foul line. Ally Otero had 16 points for the Muckers, including four three-point shots.
Pahranagat (11-7, 5-1) broke away from a tight game with Tonopah in the fourth quarter using four turnovers and a number of missed shots to build a 38-27 lead with just over a minute left.
The Panther girls, the two-time league and defending state champions, are at Beaver Dam (15-3, 4-1) tonight, then at non-league Mountain View (2-17) on Saturday.
It’s an important game for PVHS at Beaver Dam as both are currently tied with one loss for the No. 2 playoff spot, which earns a bye in the first round.
The Alamo girls finish the regular season next Thursday and Friday with a game at White Pine and then at home against Indian Springs (2-14, 0-5).