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Taylor Higbee pulls down a rebound against Kendra Mathews of Lincoln County in a recent game. Higbee scored a game-high 11 points and had seven rebounds in a win over Mountain View last week

At Mountain View last week, sophomore Taylor Higbee scored 11 points to lead the Panthers in a 65-19 rout of the Saints, their only game of last week.

Abby Egbert, Jessica Brede, Morgan Harris and Karley Whipple each scored eight points for Pahranagat Valley which blew the game open with a 22-5 second-quarter run.

Madison Olsen and Jordan Spriggs each scored seven points to lead the Saints.

After racing out to a 32-8 halftime lead, Coach Amy Huntsman used most of her second string players, all of who did rather well. “We had all but two players in the scoring column,” she said. “Emily Lewis had four assists; Brede and Whipple each had five steals; Taylor Higbee had seven rebounds, and all the players had at least one rebound.”

Mountain View (2-11) is a very young team this year, so Huntsman decided to put her second string players in at halftime. “My seniors did not play the second half at all,” she said. “It isn’t fair to run up the score on the other team. I’ve been on the receiving end of a few of those myself in my 24 years of coaching. It’s not my style. And it’s a great opportunity for young kids to get minutes and experience.”

League play begins now for the Lady Panthers (9-3) in all but one of their remaining games before the playoffs.

As the defending league and tournament champions, they start this weekend, traveling to Round Mountain today and to Beaver Dam on Saturday.

The Round Mountain game will be crucial as the Knights are led by 2017 co-MVP Alyssa Hanks. They have a current record of 8-3. Hanks is No. 2 in scoring in all of Southern Nevada, behind Sharmayne Finley of Democracy Prep (formerly Agassi Prep), with 21.8 points per game average. She is also an 80 percent free-throw shooter, No. 2 in all of Southern Nevada in that category as well.

The Lady Panthers beat Round Mountain twice last year, although the Knights were eventually the state runner-up to Owyhee.

Saturday, the girls play at Beaver Dam. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, they host Word of Life, another young team whom the Panthers have beaten the last four times.