Cassie Smith
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Cassie Smith stood tall for the Bear River girls basketball team in its stay at the Reno Elite 8 Tournament Dec. 12-14.

The 5-foot, 8-inch senior guard – who averaged 15 points over three games and excelled on defense according to head coach Duwaine Ganskie – was named tournament MVP as the Lady Bruins snagged their second-straight Elite 8 title.

Smith scored 17 in an 18-point, first-round win over Galena (Reno), then added 12 points and held UC-Davis-bound Jessica Stewart to four points in a 63-45 second-round win over host Reno.

She topped it off in the title game with a team-high 16, including four three-pointers, in Bear River’s 44-37 win over Oak Ridge.

Bear River’s Meghan Noud and Nicole Scott also earned spots on the all-tournament team.

Nevada Union1s Tracy Malone played beyond her years in the Ninth Annual Lady Miner Rotary Classic Dec. 12-14.

The 5-foot, 8-inch sophomore guard poured in a team-high 21 points, including four three-pointers in the Lady Miners girls basketball team1s 56-40 first- round win over Deer Valley (Antioch).

She scored five points in a second-round loss to Elk Grove, then bounced back for 21 points, with five treys, in a 69-66 loss to 2002 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I runner-up Laguna Creek in the third-place game.

Malone was joined by teammate and fellow sophomore Ali Daley on the all-tourney team.

Brooke Hodges had a career-day in the Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team1s Reno Elite 8 Tournament first-round game with Douglas (Reno) Dec. 13.

The sophomore guard drained a career-high five three pointers to finish with a team-best 15 points in a 66-48 win over the 2002 Nevada Division I runner-up.

The five treys are also a FLC season high.

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