The Mineral County High boys and girls basketball teams begin play today in the 1A regional tournament after finishing the regular season on a high note.
On the boys side, the Serpents capped off one of the best regular seasons in school history last week after picking up another win in the season finale. The 73-40 win over Oasis Academy gave the Serpents an overall record of 26-1 while going 10-0 in league play. They’ve won each of their last 12 games by 30 points or more, with their only loss coming on Dec. 7 against Incline, 59-57.
In last Monday’s game against Oasis, the Serpents were led by Robert McFalls with 17 points and Damian Montoya with 12. Seth Bozzi had eight points and 10 rebounds while Jared Dore finished with eight points and nine boards.
With the regular season in the rearview mirror, the Serpents will now look to keep the momentum going and bring another state title back to Hawthorne. First, Mineral County will have to take care of business in the regional tournament that begins tonight when they take on the No. 4 seed from the South, Word of Life. That game will take place at 6:20 p.m. at Reed High School in Sparks.
The winner of that game will advance and play tomorrow night at 8 p.m. against the winner of No. 2 Pahranagat Valley and No. 3 Smith Valley. The Serpents beat both of those teams this season. The title game is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Wooster High in Reno.
The other two games in the eight-team bracket are No. 1 Spring Mountain against No. 4 Round Mountain and No. 2 Tonopah against No. 3 Beatty. The top two teams will earn a bid in next weeks state tournament in Las Vegas.
The 1A regional tournament is made up of four teams from the Central Division and four teams from the South Division.
Mineral County Girls get No. 2 seed
The Mineral County girls ended up with the No. 2 seed in this weeks playoffs despite picking up another win in their final game of the regular season.
A 64-40 win over Oasis Academy last Monday was fueled by 28 points from Perla Gutierrez and improved the Serpents to 9-1 in league play. Coleville also finished 9-1 in conference and held the eventual tiebreaker after each team beat the other by four points last month.
The Serpents are still in good position with the second seed and will take on No. 3 Green Valley Christian from the South today at 4:15 p.m. at Reed High. The winner of that game will play either No. 1 Pahranagat Valley or No. 4 Tonopah tomorrow at 6:20 p.m. The title game is set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Wooster High School.
The top half of the bracket features No. 1 Coleville against No. 4 Indian Springs and No. 2 Word of Life against No. 3 Smith Valley.
The top two teams advance to the state tournament next week in Las Vegas.