Pahrump Valley scores big win in Vegas Invitational


Antonio Fortin led all scorers with 29 points to lead Pahrump Valley’s boys basketball team to an 88-57 victory over Word of Life in the Vegas Invitational at Mountain View Christian School on Tuesday.

The senior guard, who finished with five 3-pointers, scored 16 points in the second half to help the Trojans pull away.

Brayden Severt added 21 points, and Cory Bergan scored eight for the Trojans, who outscored Word of Life 33-9 in the third quarter to build on their 32-28 halftime lead.

Jared House paced Word of Life with 24 points. Isaac Lopez had 21 points, and Cheikou Kouyate had nine points for the Eagles.

With the win over Word of Life, the Pahrump Valley boys basketball team’s record improves to 4-4.

In other Pahrump Valley High School sports, the girls basketball team is currently holding an 8-2 record.

On Dec. 16, Virginia Weir hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer on Saturday to lift Pahrump Valley’s girls basketball team to a 45-43 win over Moapa Valley in the championship game of the Bulldog Invitational in Mesquite.

The Lady Trojans trailed 39-33 entering the fourth quarter but limited the Pirates to four points in the final period. Kylie Stritenberger led Pahrump with 15 points, and teammate Alyvia Briscoe scored 11.

Also at Mesquite in Pahrump Valley’s 32-31 win over Virgin Valley, the Lady Trojans edged the Bulldogs in overtime in the semifinals of the Bulldog Invitational. Stritenberger scored nine points to lead Pahrump. Nathalie Lagamayo scored seven to lead Virgin Valley, who outscored Pahrump 10-2 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

The Lady Trojans’ next home game will be against Boulder City High School at 5 p.m, Monday, Jan. 8.

The wrestling team at Pahrump Valley High School will host its next set of duals against the Cheyenne Desert Shields at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9. This will be the first league dual of the season. The Trojans’ current record is 2-1.

— Compiled from reports from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Pahrump Valley Times contributor Nicholas Aberle