The Eureka girls basketball team, league tournament champions last year and participants in the state tournament looking to have another strong team.

Coach Travis Gallagher said there are four returning letterman on the team led by senior guard Cody Gibbs and junior guard Morgan Thomas, one of the six junior players. “We also have a good freshman class coming in,” with five listed on the varsity roster right now, “and we’ll see what we can do to develop them.”

When league play begins, Gallagher believes the team will be competitive, “should make it into the Northern regionals and hope to get that No. 1 seed.”

Eureka was the No. 1 seed from the North last year at state but lost a double overtime thriller, 74-70, to Round Mountain in the semifinals.

Ironically, the first game for the girls this year is with Round Mountain again in their first game this Thursday at the Wells Rural Electric Classic. It will be the first of two meetings this year with 1A Southern League Co-MVP Alyssa Hanks, stepdaughter of longtime Knights coach Jake Topholm. “All of our games at Wells are with southern teams,” Gallagher said. “We play Round Mountain first, then Pahranagat Valley, Tonopah and Beaver Dam.”

The following week, Dec. 7-9 is at the Whittell Tournament in Zephyr Cove, Eureka plays two teams “we have never seen before,” he said. “Mammoth, California, and 3A Dayton. We also play Lone Pine, CA, too, but we played them last year at this same tournament and won 35-23.”

Then the weekend of Dec. 15-16 the girls will be in the Round Mountain tournament where they are scheduled to face Round Mountain again, Tonopah and Beatty. Right before the Christmas break, Dec. 19, they host 2A Battle Mountain.

The Lady Vandals were 19-6 last year with league losses to Owyhee and McDermitt.