To begin the season, the Pahranagat Valley girls team will play in the same Wells Rural Electric Tournament that the boys are in this weekend. Owyhee, Round Mountain and Eureka are also participating
Coach Amy Huntsman’s team, and their record 13 state championships, have been in the state tournament the past 20 years in a row, and won it 12 times.
Several of the girls will not have much turnaround time, having won the state volleyball championship Nov. 12, and switching over now to basketball. They will likely be a little rusty.
Following the Wells tournament the girls have just one game, Dec. 6 at Moapa Valley.
The next week is busy with two home games, Calvary Chapel and Wells Dec. 13 and 15 and going to Mesquite for the Lady Bulldog Invitational Dec. 16-17 with Virgin Valley, Moapa Valley, and Pahrump, plus others.
Before and after Christmas, the girls play the same teams the boys do, Lincoln County in Alamo Dec. 20, and at Lake Mead Dec. 29.
After the New Year, they sandwich in a non-league game at Virgin Valley Jan. 7 between two league games with Indian Springs and Word of Life Jan. 6 and Jan. 13.
There are six independent teams in the 1A Southern League this year, but Pahranagat is not playing any of them, although Lund may not field a team this year and full schedules for all the others have not been published yet.
Pahranagat will have four seniors this season, Alyson Egbert, Allyse Frehner and Shayla Leavitt and Kyla Shumway. Frehner was a First Team All League selection as a junior, along with Karley Whipple and Madalyn Taylor. Egbert was a Second Team selection.
Last year’s Co-Most Valuable Players for the league were Round Mountain’s Alyssa Hanks and Hannah Swafford, who helped the Knights win their first league championship since 2008 and only their second appearance in the state tournament since 2000. Both are expected to return for the team this season.
If the Lady Panthers didn’t play Round Mountain at the Wells tournament this weekend, they will meet in Alamo Jan. 20.
Pahranagat Valley has all league games following the Virgin Valley game except for a non-league meeting with White Pine Feb. 7 in Alamo. The girls are 3-9 with the Bobcats since 2007.
The league playoffs are Feb. 15-18, and the state tournament is Feb. 24-25 in Las Vegas at a site yet to be determined.