1/19/2011 - The Portola varsity girl’s basketball team has added five more wins to improve their record to 15 and 1 with non-league victories over North Tahoe, Incline, Loyalton, Chester and Durham.
On Jan. 3, the Portola girls handily defeated the North Tahoe Lakers 56 to 20. The Lady Tigers lead all the way, increasing their lead each quarter. Emma Briggs lead the Lady Tigers in scoring with 18 points, Lucy Wilbanks put 12 through the hoop, Lindsay Compton drained 10, and Camry Housel tallied eight. Wilbanks and Housel grabbed seven boards each with Compton pulling down six, and Briggs grabbing four rebounds.
On Jan. 6, the Tigers traveled to Incline Village, and outscored the Highlanders 44-31. The Incline girls put up a scrappy defense and led 8 to 6 at the end of the first quarter. However, the Lady Tigers took the lead in the second period, and kept the pressure on to win.
Bailey Holt had an excellent defensive game with six steals to help the Tigers turn things around. Briggs led the Tigers scoring again with 17 points, followed by Anna Roach and Holt who both put in seven, while Compton netted five. Wilbanks and Housel led in rebounds with four each, while Holt, Compton and Marissa Wehrman pulled down three apiece.
Jan. 11 saw the Tigers facing off against the Loyalton Grizzlies in Loyalton. The Tigers were in control from the tipoff, and tallied a season high in offense to defeat the Grizzlies 70 to 27. Briggs continued as top scorer with 19 points, while Anna Roach tallied 16, followed by Wehrman and Wilbanks with 11 points each. The Tigers dominated the glass with Roach grabbing eight rebounds, followed by Wehrman with six, Housel with five and Briggs and Wilbanks with four each.
Chester was next on the Tigers’ dance card as they came to Portola bent on revenge for their earlier defeat by the Purple and White. The Tigers roared from the beginning, however, leading the entire game to win 44 to 25.
Ellie Kibble was hot from the outside leading the Tigers with 12 points, followed by Roach with 10, Briggs with nine, and Wehrman with five. Briggs pulled down nine rebounds while Wilbanks grabbed eight, with Roach contributing three.
On Jan. 13, the Lady Tigers traveled to Durham to take on the perennial powerhouse Trojans. This game figured to be the toughest test the Tigers had faced in the new year. The girls came out hard and fast in the first quarter, taking a 15 to 6 lead. The Trojans came back tough in the second period with a man to man press that gave the Tigers fits for the rest of the contest.
The Tigers gave up 24 turnovers, but their great defensive play, including six steals by Briggs, kept the Trojans at bay. Portola led at half time by seven (22 to 15) after a bucket by Wehrman at the buzzer. Durham managed to pull within three points after the third stanza. However, the Tigers defense managed to contain the Durham offense, and by the fourth quarter Portola ended up on the winning side of a 41 to 35 score.
Briggs turned in another great performance with 17 points, followed by Compton and Wehrman with six. Holt and Roach each tallied four. Compton pulled down 12 rebounds, Wehrman grabbed six, Roach gathered five and Briggs and Wilbanks contributed three apiece.
The Tigers defended their 15 and 1 record against the Williams Yellow Jackets last Tuesday in Portola. No score was available at press time.