6Pahranagat Valley, the defending Division IV state champions, got to .500 for the season with an easy win, 60-19 at the Adelson School last week.

Coach Amy Huntsman again played most of her players to give everyone some added experience. Freshman Madilyn Taylor was game high with 14 points. Jamie Hansen followed with 13 and Kali Hosier with 11.

Camryn Armstrong had 10 points for Adelson (2-8, 0-6). In free throw shooting. PVHS was 5-for-10 (50 percent), and Adelson 11-for-31 (35 percent).

As the Lady Panthers are now on a five-game win streak, Hansen, a senior, had said earlier she thought the Lady Panthers (10-10, 6-0) would do well in league play. “I think we are finally working as a team. Our shots are falling, we’re running our offense, and I think we are putting all the pieces together, so it’s working.”

One positive for the team is that the Panther girls are faster than most of the teams they play in the Southern Division IV.

The biggest challenge of the season will come with the final three games. They host co-league leader Round Mountain (10-9, 6-0) tonight, and Beatty (6-3, 3-3) on Saturday, then conclude Feb. 13 at Sandy Valley (6-3, 4-2).

The Lady Panthers and Lady Knights are very close in scoring this year. PVHS is averaging 39.4 ppg, and Round Mountain 36.3 ppg.

Beatty and Pahranagat are even closer, 39.4 for PV and 39.1 for Beatty.

In recent years, since 2007, Alamo is 11-0 against Round Mountain, 9-0 against Beatty, and 6-0 against Sandy Valley since 2009.

The Southern Division IV playoffs begin Feb. 18. The top two seeds have a bye, while the No. 4 seed hosts the No. 5 seed, and No. 3 hosts No. 6. League semi-finals will be at Chaparral High Feb. 20 and the finals at Spring Valley High Feb. 21.

The top two advance to state at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas Feb. 27-28.