By Dave Maxwell
Pahranagat Valley High School’s (PVHS) win over Green Valley Christian, Feb. 8, coupled with Word of Life’s loss to Spring Mountain, earlier in the week, has likely moved the Panther boys (11-11, 6-2) into second place in the 1A Southern League.
The league tiebreaker point system favors PVHS for the No. 2 spot in the regional playoffs.
If so, it marks the third straight year when the Panthers will finish second in league to Spring Mountain (13-9, 6-1), the defending state champions.
The regional playoffs are scheduled for Feb. 21-23 in Reno.
Stockton Maxwell, after a slow start, paced the Panthers with 26 points in the 58-39 win over Green Valley Christian, the first-ever meeting of the teams.
Maxwell had three 3-point plays in the third quarter as the Panthers made an 18-point effort to build their lead to 42-22 at the halftime break.
Jamison Miller scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Panthers keep the lead and take the win.
Collin Killoran made nine points for Green Valley (4-14, 1-6). David Thurman and Diego Guerra both had eight.
Pahranagat was 9-of-15 at the foul line. The Guardians were 7-of 14.
Coach Michael Strong said he was proud of the way the team played. “We got a lot of good early looks that just didn’t fall for us, but we were able to use our defense, getting steals and turnovers, and turn it into a little more offense and easier looks. It was our defense that kept us in this game overall. The kids are listening and doing what we ask them to do, so I am very proud of them.”
Pahranagat had a non-league game with White Pine on Thursday this week, and will conclude the regular season with a non-league game at Sky Pointe from the 3A Sunrise League, in Las Vegas, Feb. 15.
Asked why he scheduled the Sky Pointe game, Strong said, “We were looking to find something to fill that open week before the regional tournament. They’re a bigger school and we’re looking to play bigger schools, someone we’re hoping we can compete with, have a good game and prime us for our regionals.”
The Central League is host for the Central-South playoffs Feb. 21-23 at Reed High School and if the Panthers are the No. 2 seed, their first round opponent is likely to be Oasis Academy of Fallon.