Rafferty King sank five 3-pointers and had 27 points, but it was Carson's defense that led to the Senators' 56-36 home victory over Spanish Springs.
The Cougars (14-8, 8-5 High Desert) got 13 points from T.J. McCauley but just 12 in the first half and eight in the third quarter.
Carson (11-9, 8-5 Sierra), meanwhile, scored 26 in the third period alone to put the game away.
REED 74, DAMONTE RANCH 70 at Damonte: Trae Wells (24) and Alonzo Vega (19) combined for 43 points in leading the Raiders past the Mustangs. The win moved Reed (12-7, 8-4) into a second-place tie with Spanish Springs in the High Desert.
Freshman Brett Cooper nailed four 3-pointers and had 17 points for Damonte (11-9, 7-6).
HUG 77, WOOSTER 59 at Hug: Sam Williams and Raymond Kerr each posted a double-double as the High Desert-leading Hawks cruised past the Colts after a close first quarter. Williams had 34 points and 11 rebounds, and Kerr added 10 points and 13 rebounds as Hug (17-6, 10-3) outscored Wooster 44-29 in the middle two quarters.
Deshawn Pughsley had 26 points and JJ Harloff added 18 for the Colts (5-13, 1-12 Sierra).
GALENA 65, NORTH VALLEYS 22 at Galena: EJ Poulsen's 16 points led a trio of Grizzlies in double-figures as Galena (19-5, 9-3 Sierra) rolled to the home victory. Kirk Gunderson finished with 15 points and Caleb Wood chipped in 10.
Mauricio Varela led the Panthers (4-16, 0-13 High Desert) with 16 points.
DOUGLAS 63, MCQUEEN 45 at Douglas: James Herrick scored 17 points and Hunter Myers added 15 to lead the Tigers.
Bryce Harnack led the Lancers with 18 points.
RENO 68, BISHOP MANOGUE 52 at Reno: Connor Bush scored 23 points and Jakob Rolling added 10 to lead the Huskies.
James Sandoval led the Miners with 11 points, while Remy Dillard and Zachary Wurm each had 10.
FERNLEY 72, YERINGTON 50 at Fernley: Led by Tim Klotz, the Vaqueros sank 10 3-pointers in beating the visiting Lions. Klotz nailed five from long range and finished with 25 points.
Corbin Cliften led Yerington with 20 points.
PERSHING COUNTY 54, FALLON 45 at Lovelock: Jacob Adams had a game-high 19 points and Randolph McLean added 12 as the Mustangs beat the visiting Greenwave.
DOUGLAS 44, McQUEEN 44 at Minden: Diana Regaldo scored 21 points and Desiree Cage added 14 to lead the Tigers past the Lancers. The win also clinched a playoff spot for Douglas (12-11, 7-6 Sierra).
Emma White had 23 points for McQueen (10-10, 5-8 High Desert) and Christina Farman chipped in 11.
SPANISH SPRINGS 52, CARSON 35 at Carson City: Three Cougars reached double-figure scoring -- Riley Holladay 16, Lyndsey Anderson 14, Hannah Woytek 13 -- in downing the host Senators and securing a playoff spot.
Savannah Smith's 11 points before she fouled out led Carson.
NORTH VALLEYS 45, GALENA 30 at Galena: Haley Bowen scored 16 points and Taylor Dockter added 12 as the Panthers kept their playoff hopes alive with a road win. North Valleys (10-10, 6-7) moved into sole possession of fourth place in the High Desert league with the victory.
Kaitlyn Hawthorne led the Grizzlies (4-13, 2-11) with 13 points.
REED 67, DAMONTE RANCH 26 at Damonte: Tyler Sumpter scored 24 points, including three 3-pointers, and Nakiyah LeSure added 14 for the Raiders (17-3, 12-1 High Desert). Morgan Waller led the Mustangs with 13 points.
PERSHING COUNTY 55, FALLON 19 at Lovelock: Melissa Gonzalez posted 17 points, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks to lead the Mustangs (23-2, 6-0) to the blowout win. Sarita Jo Condie added 15 points to help Pershing County maintain its unblemished Lahontan league record.
YERINGTON 38, FERNLEY 37 at Fernley: Leah Jim scored 18 points, including two 3-pointers, to lead the Lions.
Jordan King had 10 points for the Vaqueros.
INCLINE 59, SPARKS 23 at Incline: Kortney Solis scored 23 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead the Highlanders. Molly Franklin had 20 points and Kerrie Tonking added 10 points and 12 steals for Incline.
Crystal Parker led Sparks with 13 points.