The Nevada Union girls basketball team turned in another outstanding performance at home Saturday night in a great all-around team effort as it defeated a highly ranked Christian Brothers squad to win its eighth straight, 74-51.
Kaylin Martin proved to be a dominating force for the Lady Miners, as she dropped in 18 points to lead the way. Nicole Lierly was a nearly equal threat offensively with her 17 points, while Sydney Porter returned from illness and came up big, putting in 13 points.
Sammy DeHart was also a major contributor with seven points, seven boards, six assists and three steals. Serena Orellana continued to grab a lot of rebounds and was a commanding presence down low, said John McDaniel.
The win moves Nevada Union to 11-3 heading into its winter break. The Lady Miners will resume Jan. 4 when they host Monterey Trail.
JV: Christian Brothers 58, Nevada Union 54
After winning its tournament last weekend and throttling Colfax Thursday night, the junior varsity Lady Miners played a great game Saturday at home, coming up just short versus a tough Christian Brothers team.
In a game that went back and forth with several lead changes, Nevada Union fought hard and had three of its starting players foul out. Callie Kraus was strong, as she connected from behind the arc five times to finish with 17 points and three rebounds. Sarah Lundmark was in the mix offensively, putting in 14 points, and finished with six boards, four steals and three assists. Defensively, Grace Paye was all over the place, as she collected 11 boards and swiped six steals.
NU (8-6) will now enjoy some time off before taking on Monterey Trail Jan. 4.
Bear River 66, Mesa Verde 54
The Bruins picked up another win Saturday, this time over Mesa Verde at the Union Mine D-IV Challenge.
Bear River fell behind early but regained control to take an 18-16 lead after the first quarter, and it did not look back.
Justin Beskeen nailed down a double-double, leading all scorers with 25 points and nabbing 13 rebounds. Michael Raigoza had a huge performance with 17 points, five assists and five steals. Travis Anderson contributed 14 points, while Tyler Hajewski and Nick Bachus each pulled in seven boards to give the Bruins their 10th win of the season.
Bear River (10-1) next plays Woodcreek when it opens at the Kendall Arnett Tournament in Roseville Thursday.
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