The Lady Vandals had but one game last week, on the road to the Wells Leopards. And they won that game 45-36 to keep themselves in second place in the 1A East League.
Coach Travis Gallagher said it was a fairly physical game, in that Owyhee had a total of seven players committing 28 fouls, averaging four fouls apiece.
However he said, “It was close in the first quarter, and we pulled away some in the second quarter for a 20-14 halftime lead, just really couldn’t separate ourselves very well.”
In the second half, Angelica Townsend and Ilyhia Greely came on for the Vandals. Greely had 13 points and Townsend added 10. Gracie Garrett was the team leader with 15 points. “They (Greely and Townsend) both came down with a lot of rebounds that half,” Gallagher said. “That’s where a lot of the fouls by Wells came from as we were putting back second chance shots. It was their play that allowed us to get a hard fought win.”
Eureka (15-5, 5-2) has one remaining league game, this Friday hosting league leader and unbeaten McDermitt (14-3, 6-0) and state scoring leader Precious Masters, averaging 25 points per game.
The Bulldogs beat the Vandals 46-29 when they played in McDermitt three weeks ago. “We managed to hold Masters to only 15 points that game,” Gallagher said. Garrett had 13 points for Eureka. “I think we stand a pretty good chance to beat them on our floor this time.”
The win over at Wells leaves Owyhee and Eureka tied for second place. Wells plays at Owyhee on Saturday, and if the Braves win that, and in case Eureka should lose to McDermitt and Owyhee beat Wells, Gallagher said Owyhee would hold the tiebreaker between themselves and Eureka because Owyhee won the second game between them, 58-50, Feb. 2 in Eureka.
The Lady Vandals would then enter the West-East Regional playoffs Feb. 21-23 in Reno as the No. 3 seed and face the No. 2 seed from the West, likely Pyramid Lake, in the first round. The state tournament is March 1-2 at The Orleans in Las Vegas.