The Pahranagat Valley High School (PVHS) girls varsity basketball team is a young team, learning what it needs to do during preseason play to improve and be competitive.

“We’re going to be a lot better come February, or even before,” said Coach Amy Huntsman.

“Playing these tournament games against tougher teams, and admittedly simply getting outplayed sometimes, is just going to help us learn how to improve,” she noted.

“We are working to figure out ourselves as a team here at the beginning and as the season progresses.”

Eight players were members of the girls championship volleyball team and Huntsman said, “Are still learning to gel as a basketball squad and create the kind of team and environment that that we want, and we will.” She added, “It’s not about how you do in December; it’s how you do in February, and I believe these girls have the ability to be right there at the time. We are going to be seeing a lot of improvement with our offenses and defenses we are working on.”

Senior Morgan Harris is the only returning starter for the Panther girls. Other players include seniors Hannah Castleton and McKenzie Ingram; juniors Cami Stirling, Taylor Higbee, McKenzie Poulson, Jessica Brady and Atlanta Masden; sophomores Becka Taylor and Miley Stewart, and freshmen Kelly Miller and Kalee Higbee.

At the Comstock Classic in Virginia City Dec. 6-8, PVHS played their first game against McDermitt, the last team they played the week before at the Wells Rural Electric tournament.

A 54-26 loss to the Lady Bulldogs at Wells was followed a few days later by a 50-11 loss to the Bulldogs in Virginia City.

Two games were played Dec. 7 in Virginia City, one with Battle Mountain and the other with Sierra Lutheran from Sparks.

The Lady Panthers won the game with Sierra Lutheran, 30-28, but lost to Battle Mountain.

The girl’s final game was Dec. 8 against Coleville and was a 50-22 loss. The Wolves jumped out to a 27-8 halftime lead and coasted to the win.

Pahranagat held their first home game of the season on Dec. 13, hosting the Wells Leopards.

On Dec. 18, they host in-county rival Lincoln County, then Moapa Valley on Dec. 21.