All eyes are on sophomore Alayna Godinez as she shoots a free throw as the clock winds down against Battle Mountain.
All eyes are on sophomore Alayna Godinez as she shoots a free throw as the clock winds down against Battle Mountain.
The Pershing County High School girls basketball team thrives on competition, the fiercer the better.
This past week they traveled to North Tahoe and defeated the Lakers 21-7, on Tuesday, Jan. 28. 
On Friday night, Pershing County gave Battle Mountain a Mustang-sized welcome, beating them by three points 41-38.
Pershing County last faced North Tahoe before the winter break. At that time, coach Lee Houston remarked on the Lakers’ metamorphosis.
“North Tahoe improved a lot from where they were last season,” he said. “But, we left a lot of points out there by missing makeable shots,” said the coach. 
That all changed, as, the Mustangs arrived in Tahoe with a new game plan.
“We played a half-court defense that forced the Lakers to shoot from the outside,” Houston explained. 
Pershing County handed North Tahoe the loss, holding them to seven points.
On Saturday night, Longhorn supporters arrived in the PCHS gym in full force.  Across the room, the stands filled with Mustang fans. Both sides witnessed a pitched battle that defied resolution until its final seconds.
“The atmosphere was electric,” said Houston. 
The game tied up multiple times. With just two minutes left, Battle Mountain led by two points. The Mustangs did not let the pressure get to them.
“I was proud of how the girls handled the game down the stretch,” said Houston.
Pershing County’s entire team got in on the action. Bela Rosas, Aledda Sam, Alyssa Montes and Kaydance Happy played with confidence. Alayna Godinez and Leeann McNeff shot from the paint, never reducing the pressure on Battle Mountain’s top post player.
Late in the game, Daralyn Moura and Makenna Houston each shot 3-pointers to nudge the Mustangs ahead of their visitors. Each time, Battle Mountain fought back.
Finally, with eight seconds left, Presley Burrows stole the ball and sank it through the net. 
“She made a difficult shot to win the game,” said Houston.
Lovelock’s side of the gym stood en masse, a sea of red and black.
“We want to thank the crowd because they helped us get the big win,” said Houston.
Pershing County improved to 13-9 overall, and 7-5 in the Northern 2A.
On Tuesday, Feb. 4, they hosted Coral Academy and results were not available at press time.
Pershing County ends the regular season with a string of road games. They play Yerington (Feb. 8), White Pine (Feb. 14) and West Wendover (Feb. 15).
Now, each game is pivotal. Pershing County stands fourth in the league, behind Incline (11-1), Yerington (10-2) and White Pine (9-2).