SPRING CREEK — In the Division 3A North-East opener for both teams, the Fernley girls basketball team dominated Spring Creek on Friday night.
The Lady Vaqueros rolled from start to finish in a 66-41 ballgame.
Offenses opened slowly, the first points of the game coming on a three by Fernley junior Nadia Velasquez.
Spring Creek found the board on a free throw by senior Avery Beatty, but the Lady Vaqueros went up five on Velazquez’s second triple.
The margin grew to 8-1 on a double to the right block on a fly ball to junior Jasmyne Torres.
The Lady Spartans scored in transition on a layup by sophomore Ryan Youngblood on a long outlet pass from Beatty, but Fernley expanded to an eight-point cushion on a layup through a foul plus the free throw by junior Kaiserita Otuafi.
Beatty made a free throw and senior Taylor Brunson knocked down a long two-point jumper, but the Lady Vaqueros took a double lead at 12-6 on a freebie by sophomore Kensey Kreller.
With 30 ticks on the clock, Torres drained a trey for a nine-point lead and then pushed the gap to 11 with a pair of free throws after being fouled on the break with a defensive rebound and a go-ahead look from sophomore Jaelece Wasson.
Going into the second quarter, the Lady Spartans trailed 17-6.
Fernley opened the second with a put-back by freshman Taylor Tollestrup, but the scoring was answered with a jumper by sophomore Isabel Zubiria on a layup from Beatty.
Spring Creek trimmed the deficit to single digits on a three from the right wing by Brunson, and Zubiria scored easily on an inbounds pass from senior Brynly Stewart.
But, Wasson added a deuce for the Lady Vaqueros — which set up another turnover and a layup by Torres on a steal and assist by junior Jennica Stephens.
The Lady Spartans reached the singles bonus near the midway point of the quarter, and Brunson made one free throw.
Velasquez finished on the right side of the court after a turnover, opening a 25-14 lead for Fernley.
With 3:18 on the clock, Wasson was hacked on a dribble and buried both free throws.
The Lady Vaqueros mounted their press and scored in quick succession on a lefty layup by Velasquez — which put her in double figures — and a double by Kreller.
A pair of Brunson free throws was answered with a bucket for Torres — who also reached double figures — and then she added a three for a 20-point lead with 2:04 left in the half.
After a timeout, Wasson drilled a shot from distance – Brunson reached double figures on a pair of freebies.
Wasson connected on an elbow jumper around a screen, but Brunson was fouled on a penetration drive and hit both shots at the stripe.
At the half Fernley led by 21 with the score 41-20.
Tollestrup was fouled and hit both free throws for a 43-20 advantage, but the margin was cut to 18 with consecutive buckets by Youngblood – who nailed a corner three and took a strong one down the right side – making the score 43-25.
Otuafi scored on a spin and scoop on the right block, but Brunson railed a triple on a right by junior Sharmayne Lamb.
Tollestrup found great position and scored on a lob after an inbound from Otuafi, then she recorded a deuce on the right baseline off an offensive rebound for a 21-point cushion at 49-28.
Velasquez drained his third trey for a 52-28 lead, and Torres was fouled after a steal and made both free throws for a 9-0 run.
Youngblood nailed her second trey in front of the Spring Creek bench, but the Lady Spartans trailed by 23 going into the fourth with the score 54-31.
Beatty opened the final frame with an old-fashioned three on a two on the right block for an And-1 plus the free throw, but Kreller made a free throw before getting the other team wiped away on a lane violation and drilled a long two. in transition on a pass by Stephens for a 23-point lead.
From a timeout, Wasson reached double figures on a three from the left wing for a 60-34 advantage.
Sophomore Ashlynn Sorenson made a free throw for Spring Creek, and Lamb scored on the left block off a crown by Stewart.
Fernley senior Mackenzie Depaoli was hacked and got a freebie, and Tollestrup got close to double figures with another free kick.
Zubiria knocked in a long double from the right side, but Depaoli knocked down a shot down the right baseline and Torres finished at the right block after making the steal.
Fernley won the 3A North-East opener by a final score of 66-41.
The Lady Vaqueros were paced by 18 points from Torres, 13 points for Velasquez and 12 from Wasson – three players who scored in double figures – Tollestrup approached double figures with nine points.
Spring Creek was led by 17 points from Brunson – who scored 12 in the first half – Youngblood also reached double figures with 10 points and a pair of threes.
The Lady Spartans’ offense was rounded out by six points from Zubiria, five from Beatty, two from Lamb and one from Sorenson.
Fernley’s attack was limited by six points for Kreller, five from Otuafi and three for Depaoli.
The Lady Spartans will wrap up the weekend at home against Dayton at 1:00 pm Saturday, in Spring Creek.