The young Mineral County High basketball team displayed the potential they have in four of their five games over the weekend at the annual Serpent Classic in Hawthorne.
The Serpents played well in their opener against Lovelock in the first half, trailing the Mustangs 35-29 at the break. The second half was all Lovelock as Mineral County went cold and were outscored by Lovelock 35-10. Freshman Robert McFalls led the Serpents with 16 points and Taylen Wachsmuth finished with 11 points in the loss.
Friday morning, the Serpents ran over Smith Valley 67-17. Wachsmith led with 15 points, McFalls with 12, Dunnett 10 and Castillo-Trujillo pulling nine. Brandon West and Andre Davis came up to add eight points each, rounding out a full team effort.
The evening game had the home team going up against Spring Mountain from Las Vegas, who was the defending state champions. Spring Mountain came out on top 60-51, as the Serpents had 19 turnovers and shot a dismal 12 for 33 at the foul line.
Saturday afternoon the Serpents took on 2-A White Pine and came out with a 62-57 win in a hard fought, physical game. Turnovers were down and the Mineral County crew hit 17 of the 24 from the charity stripe to help close out the win.
They also handled White Pine’s full court zone, pressing enough to get some easy baskets and going to the foul line. Wachsmuth led all scorers with 20 points, Isaiah Crowl had 15, McFalls had 13, Davis seven and West five points.
The last game against the very talented Yerington Lions was very similar to the Smith Valley game, only the Serpents were on the wrong end and lost 61-27.
The Serpents will be in action again on Dec. 15, when they travel to Bishop, Calif. for a non-conference game.
The J.V. boys went to a tournament in Tonopah during the classic, completing a tremendous job at winning all four games for a great start to their season.
Lady Serpents go 2-3 in Classic
The Mineral County High girls basketball team picked up its two wins in the Serpent Classic last week when they defeated Battle Mountain 62-50 and Yerington 48-34.
The Lady Serpents played hard all weekend, but suffered losses to Smith Valley 46-32, Pershing County 57-39, White Pine 51-20.
Next up, the Mineral County Ladies travel to Bishop on Dec. 15.