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Lake Mead sprints past Smith Valley to reach final

RENO — Not much went wrong for Lake Mead in its Class 1A boys basketball state semifinal matchup with Smith Valley.

But whenever it did, the Eagles responded quickly.

Landon Littlefield poured in 32 points to lead the Eagles to their fourth consecutive state championship game with a 79-55 win over Smith Valley on Friday at North Valleys High School.

Lake Mead (26-4) will meet Pahranagat Valley (20-11) for the state title at 5 p.m. today at UNR’s Lawlor Events Center.

Littlefield had 15 of his points in the first quarter as the Eagles came out with a simple game plan: run — and run some more.

“Sometimes the pressure of the state tournament gets to you a little bit, but I told the kids to just run and have fun,” Lake Mead coach Jeff Newton said. “I felt we just had a little bit more speed than them.”

Littlefield’s 3-pointer with 2:48 left in the first quarter started a 10-0 run. His three-point play with 22 seconds left in the quarter finished it, putting the Eagles ahead and in control, 23-7.

“They were a lot bigger than us, so we knew if it was a slowdown pace they had a better chance,” Littlefield said. “We felt our big guys could beat theirs down the court.”

Lake Mead led 37-12 before Smith Valley (20-7) pulled within 12 at halftime.

Lake Mead opened the second half on a 13-2 run, building the lead to 58-35. Smith Valley never got closer than 18 points the rest of the way.

De’Quan Thompson scored 15 points for the Eagles and L.J. Yamazon 14.

Trevor Hemsath led Smith Valley with 15 points, and Jordan Fletcher scored 14.

■ Pahranagat Valley 62, Mineral County 59 — Kyle Hosier hit two free throws to start the second overtime, and the Panthers held on for a 62-59 win over the Serpents in a state semifinal game at North Valleys.

Hosier led Pahranagat Valley with 26 points, hitting six 3-pointers.

Kade Wadsworth added two more free throws in double overtime and Tyler Higbee hit one, and the Panthers survived a last-second 3-point attempt.

Mineral County rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter, then forced the second extra session on a 3-pointer by Logan Espinosa with four seconds left in the first overtime.

GIRLS

Debra McKee scored 13 points and Kayla Bland 10 to help McDermitt’s girls oust Southern League champion Pahranagat Valley 41-30 in a state semifinal at North Valleys.

The Bulldogs (22-6) will meet Virginia City in today’s final at 3:20 p.m. at UNR’s Lawlor Events Center.

Nikki Schofield led Pahranagat Valley (20-10) with nine points.

■ Virginia City 49, Lake Mead 36 — Gigi Glogovac scored 16 points and overcame a blow to the stomach to help the Muckers pull away in the second half and claim a berth in the title game.

Glogovac scored nine of her points in the third quarter as Virginia City opened a 15-point cushion and held on down the stretch.

Jordan Clarke had 14 points to lead Lake Mead (23-6).

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