The Pershing County girls basketball team walks off the field after a recent win.
The Pershing County girls basketball team walks off the field after a recent win.
To the delight of the home crowd, the PCHS girls basketball team celebrated senior night with a win. 
They grounded the Coral Academy Falcons (37-14) on Tuesday. Graduating seniors Makenna Houston, Alyssa Garcia, Daralyn Moura and Leeann McNeff walked off the court to applause. Kyle’ Tupa, also a senior, managed the team.
“Leeann, Dara, Makenna and Alyssa have been playing basketball together since the third grade,” said PCHS coach Lee Houston,“Senior nights are always bittersweet.”
On Saturday, Feb. 8, Pershing County traveled to Yerington to face the second-ranked team in the Northern 2A League. Pershing County lost to the Lions 45-25.
Pershing County now stands at 14-10 overall, and 8-6 in league play.

Senior night success
Coral Academy (0-13) ran into a solid wall of Mustangs everywhere they went.
Whenever Coral got the ball, Pershing County stole it back. Makenna Houston led with 10 points, including two 3-pointers. 
Coral is finishing a building year, so all the Mustangs put on a show.
The spirit squad and winter guard added to the excitement. Cheerleaders Jennifer Chandler and Lizzie Rosas graduate this spring. 
The winter guard danced to Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. They’ve progressed to more complicated tosses and helped Coach Eva Matuszyk choreograph the routine. 
On April 18, they’ll compete in Reno at Reed High School against a dozen other teams.
They said goodbye to Jessica Martin, Ana Paredes, Gabby Beltran and Haylie Leavitt.
At halftime, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends stood on the court with their athletes. 
“We’re losing four good players and a good manager at the end of the season,” said Houston. “More importantly, we’re losing five amazing people. They are great students who lead by example on and off the court.”

Mustangs drop road game to Yerington
On Saturday, Pershing traveled to Yerington for a game that pushed them to their limits. Coach Houston sees the Mustang’s inability to score the ball consistently as their greatest liability.
“Every time we score the ball, it gives our defense a boost of energy to keep playing hard,” he said. “When we can’t score, it takes the air out of our defensive intensity.”
Makenna Houston and Presley Burrows led the scoring against Yerington. Houston racked up nine points. Burrows added eight.
The Mustang’s regular season ends with two road games. They’ll play White Pine (12-2) on Friday, Feb. 14, and West Wendover (3-11) on Saturday, Feb. 15.
“Our goal is to gain momentum going into the postseason,” said the coach.