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Amy Huntsman, girls coach at Pahranagat Valley collected her 500th career win last week with a 43-37 win at White Pine. She is one of only three girls coaches to have 500 wins in Nevada state historyPahranagat Valley girls basketball coach Amy Huntsman collected her 500th career win Saturday afternoon as the Panthers downed host White Pine 43-37 in Ely.

Huntsman, who took over the Pahranagat Valley program prior to the 1994-95 season, is now 500-160 in her career.

She joins former Cheyenne and current Centennial coach Karen Weitz (662 wins since 1996) and former Carlin and Elko coach Lynnette Davis (563, 1972-2003) as the only girls basketball coaches in Nevada history to reach 500 wins.

In addition, Huntsman holds the state record for most state titles by a girls varsity basketball coach with 13, including five in a row from 2002 to 2006.

She said when she started she never imagined she would be coaching this long. “But also, it’s really not about me, it’s about the hundreds of athletes that I coached and the 12 assistants that I had, all the volunteers, and parents, it’s really about Pahranagat Valley. It’s a big milestone for our program, for the kids and for our valley.”

The Panthers (18-3, 7-0) are the top seed for the Class 1A Southern League tournament which began Wednesday.

The win over White Pine (23-2) was particularly sweet because it came over the top ranked 2A girls team in the state. It was also the Lady Bobcats first home loss of the season.

Karley Whipple and Morgan Harris spoiled senior night at White Pine. Whipple led the team with 20 points. She was 10-of-13 at the foul line, especially with some important ones near the end of the game. Harris contributed 10 points.

Brittany Kingston had 10 points for the Bobcats, who were 14-of-19 at the foul line.

One observer noted, “Harris was all over the place, getting a tip, getting steals, creating numerous turnovers. She was very, very influential.”

White Pine had a 17-16 lead at halftime, but Pahranagat outscored them 12-8 in the third quarter and 15-13 in the final quarter.

The final score was the widest margin between the teams during the game.

“The girls played very well,” Huntsman said. “The girls played really good defense that we work together on and it was also one of our best free throw shooting games.”

Alamo used a full court press at times during the game that White Pine had difficulty with.

Friday night, win 499, the Lady Panthers finished the league season on their own senior night, taking an easy 50-13 win over Indian Springs. Morgan Harris had eight points.

As the league tournament began Wednesday this week, Beaver Dam played at Tonopah, the winner to meet Round Mountain (15-4) in the semifinals today at Basic High School in Las Vegas.

The other first round game had Sandy Valley at Word of Life, the winner to face Pahranagat Valley in the semifinals today.

The championship is Saturday at Noon with both teams advancing to the state tournament Feb. 23-24 at the Lawlor Events Center at UNR.