Truckee basketball | Girls split vs. South Tahoe, McQueen
December 17, 2013
Truckee is scheduled to compete in the Silver State Slam in Reno starting Dec. 27. The Wolverines’ next home game is Jan. 3 against Fallon.
TRUCKEE — The Truckee girls could have used a day off after their hard-fought win at South Tahoe on Friday.
A day after defeating the rival Vikings in their league opener, 33-24, the Wolverines hung with Division I McQueen into the fourth quarter before the visiting Lancers pulled away for the 59-44 win.
"If I had made the schedule, I don't think I would have scheduled McQueen back-to-back with South Tahoe," said first-year Truckee coach Dave Shalvis. "It was a tough one down at South Tahoe, and then to have to get back at midnight and play the next day, they were tired."
The Wolverines got off to a hot start against McQueen. They took an early lead on consecutive shots in the paint by 5-3 sophomore point guard Sydney Mock, who was unfazed by the Lancers' tall post players towering above.
McQueen senior guard Christina Farman responded by knocking down one of her several 3-pointers in the game to knot the score early, and the teams proceeded to trade leads on five occasions before the half.
Truckee held its last lead at 23-22 late in the second quarter, after senior forward Andrea Bravo hit her second consecutive shot in the post. Farman then connected on another 3-point attempt en route to her game-high 21 points, and the Lancers never trailed again.
The Wolverines, who fell behind 29-25 by half, kept the score tight in the third quarter and into the fourth. They pulled to within three points, 33-30, midway through the third quarter on a slashing three-point play completed by senior guard Kaylee Neill.
But speedy McQueen guard Sadaria McAlister, who pestered Truckee ball-handlers all game, created a steal and converted the layup and followed with a driving bucket as the Lancers carried a 38-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
"I knew that if there was a turnover, she was already going to be standing under the basket," Shalvis said of McAlister. "That's how she plays. She has unreal quickness."
Despite a strong final quarter by Neill, who scored on several aggressive dribble-drives on her way to a 14-point performance, McQueen proved too strong down the stretch.
Mock finished with 18 points to lead the Wolverines, while Lauren Peak had six and Bravo four.
In the low-scoring battle at South Tahoe the night before, Neill scored a team-high 14 points, Moch contributed 11 points and Peak had six.
Truckee is now 1-0 in league play and 1-1 overall.