Pershing County’s Tim Fecht plays defense against Battle Mountain’s Austin Behrman during Friday’s game in Lovelock.
Pershing County’s Tim Fecht plays defense against Battle Mountain’s Austin Behrman during Friday’s game in Lovelock.
The Pershing County High School boys basketball team continues to strive.
Last Tuesday (Jan. 28), the Mustangs traveled to North Tahoe. The Lakers walked off with the league win, 64-12. This past Friday night, Pershing County hosted its rival school, with Battle Mountain knocking off Lovelock 54-29.
Coach Ben Halverson shouted out to Victor Flores for taking over the majority of the ball handling duties. The Mustangs were down a point-guard in both games.
“The effects of the absence were evident on the court,” said Halverson. “The guys we had did the best they could and embraced the challenge of stepping into new roles. Victor also filled the leadership void off the court. In a time when we needed it, he was willing to step up and give us what he had.”
North Tahoe (9-2) proved a formidable opponent. They stand second in the Northern 2A League, neck-to-neck with Incline (11-0). 
The Laker’s strong guard play and physicality flummoxed the Mustangs.
“Going in, we knew we were going to struggle at times, but from struggle comes growth,” said Halverson.
Pershing County fared better against Battle Mountain. 
Even without their top point guard, the Mustangs breached the Longhorns’ defense enough to put 29 points on the board. 
“For sure, we were more evenly matched physically,” observed the coach. “However, there was definite growth beyond that.” 
The Mustangs fought through double screens. Tim Fecht not only boxed out, but moved bodies around. Some outweighed him by 20 pounds. Pershing’s press breaks kept the Longhorns on their toes and made them work for the win.
“Every time the Mustangs step out on the court, you see a lot of fight and willingness to compete to the best of their ability,” said the coach. 
Pershing County hosted Coral Academy on Tuesday, Feb. 4, and results were not available at press time. 
The Mustangs take to the road for the rest of the regular season. They’ll play Yerington (Feb. 8), White Pine (Feb. 14) and West Wendover (Feb. 15).