Courtesy photo Eureka’s Morgan Thomas (20) is followed by Elsie Etchegaray (31) as they look to push the ball against Battle Mountain during the Lady Vandals 31-30 win over the weekend at the Comstock Classic in Virginia City.

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Eureka’s Morgan Thomas (20) is followed by Elsie Etchegaray (31) as they look to push the ball against Battle Mountain during the Lady Vandals 31-30 win over the weekend at the Comstock Classic in Virginia City.

The Eureka County High girls basketball team traveled to Virginia City this past weekend to participate in its second tournament of the young season in the Comstock Classic. The Lady Vandals put together another good weekend and received a great test in one particular matchup.

Eureka took the court against a state championship tournament participant from a year ago in Smith Valley in their first game of the tournament. The Lady Vandals used pressure defense, but “missed out on a number of opportunities that were created by our press,” according to Eureka coach Travis Gallagher. The girls played a tough gritty game, but eventually lost their first game of the season to Smith Valley by a score of 39-36.

“The girls worked hard but came up a little bit short,” Gallagher added. Morgan Thomas and Megan Damele had 14 and 10 points respectively to lead the scoring output for Eureka.

The Lady Vandals played their next two games of the tourney against teams who they had previously beat quite handily. Eureka beat Tonopah for the second time in as many weeks with a score of 55-30. Thomas had a team high 14 points for Eureka. They then beat Round Mountain also for the second time in two weeks.

The Lady Vandals played their tournament finale against larger school Battle Mountain. Eureka led the entire way until the middle of the 4th quarter when the Lady Longhorns took the lead by as many as four points. Eureka battled back to tie the score when Katie Damele sank one of two free throws to take a one point lead. After two Battle Mountain misses from the line, Eureka squeaked out the impressive 31-30 win. “This was an exciting game for us,” Gallagher mentioned.

The Eureka girls finished 3-1 in the Comstock Classic and improved their season record to 7-1.

“The Lady Vandals worked hard all weekend even though we were short on the bench with illness and injury,” their coach said.

Coming up next for the Lady Vandals are three games this weekend in Round Mountain before they head for holiday break.