A playoff atmosphere greeted the Sierra Lutheran and Virginia City boys basketball teams Saturday when they took the court for an important Western Division IV playoff contest. The packed house at home wasn’t enough for the Sierra Lutheran Falcons, however, as Virginia City started fast and went on to post a 60-48 victory.
Virginia City (19-4, 10-2) solidified its hold on second-place in the division with the win. Sierra Lutheran (15-8, 9-4) dropped into fourth-place, one game behind Mineral County (8-3), with one week to go in the regular season.
“That was the largest crowd we’ve ever had at Sierra Lutheran High School,” coach Alan Reed said. “The kids really played hard and they never quit, it’s just unfortunate we couldn’t come out with a win; we’ve worked so long and so hard to get to this point.”
Sierra Lutheran did post a 63-58 win at home on Friday against Pyramid Lake, sparked by Michael Patrick’s 29-point, 9-rebound performance to go with 24 points and 10 rebounds from point guard Jerod Hamilton, and 9 assists from Nick Walker. One setback in that game came when Hamilton sustained an ankle sprain that kept him on the bench against Virginia City.
The Muckers led 17-10 after one quarter and 31-19 at halftime, which proved to be the final margin of victory. The Falcons had their opportunities to keep the game close, especially in the first half, Reed pointed out.
“We dug ourselves into a hole early and couldn’t get out,” he said. “We just missed too many easy shots in the paint. We shot 9-for-33 in the paint, so we could have easily scored another 10, 12 points.”
Patrick scored 16 points, Walker 14 and Evan Lewis 8 to lead the Falcons offensively. Patrick, Walker, Lewis and Ryan West also combined to grab 25 rebounds.
Sierra Lutheran committed a season-low 10 turnovers against Pyramid Lake and 16 against Virginia City.
Sierra Lutheran (10-14, 5-8) pulled out a 29-24 win Saturday against Virginia City. The Falcons were coming off a 50-11 loss on Friday against league-leading Pyramid Lake (19-1, 13-0).
Grace Bonafede, a 5-foot-10 freshman, scored a season-high 10 points (5-for-10 from the field) and pulled down 6 rebounds to lead the Falcons past Virginia City. Senior Sabrina Ronato added 6 points for Sierra Lutheran.
Freshman Marin Woomer scored 4 points for the Falcons in their loss against Pyramid Lake.
Coleville concludes its regular season Saturday at Coleville. The varsity girls play at 4 p.m., followed by the 5:30 p.m. boys contest.