Chemistry on Truckee girls’ side
The Truckee High girls basketball team has taken its lumps against Northern 4A competition thus far.
Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio expected as much, and despite a 1-5 start, he’s confident his Wolverines will be battle-ready and honed to take on a the competitive 3A division come Jan. 3.
“We know we’ll be fighting to get in playoffs, so we’re trying to get in some tough games,” Tenorio said, explaining why he stacked his nonleague schedule with nothing but 4A contests. “It’s a way for us to learn and get used to tough situations like that.”
And while Truckee’s early-season record appears dismal from a distance, Tenorio noted that the Wolverines have been on the cusp of upsetting their larger counterparts more often than not. Fading during fourth-quarter crunch time has been their downfall.
“Scoring in the fourth quarter” has been the team’s weakness, Tenorio said. “When it’s a close game they get real tentative. They need to learn to relax in those situations.
“It seems like there’s a lid on the basket right now, so that’s frustrating for the girls.”
The opposite is true at the other end of the court, Tenorio said.
“Our strength is our defense,” the coach said, adding that Truckee’s two starting sophomores, Katy Stephens and Annie Rodriguez, have provided a needed spark on defense. “The other girls feed off that, and our help defense has been incredible.
The girls have been stepping it up.”
With eight players from last year’s team either graduated or not playing, a lot of shoes needed to be filled. And they have been, with five returners and seven new players ” although junior Michelle Hoehn, included in the new-player mix, played varsity part of last season.
The roster breaks down to five seniors, five juniors and two sophomores.
Senior co-captain and post player Breanne Busby, Truckee’s leading scorer, said this year’s group seems more cohesive than in years past.
“We’ve definitely gotten a lot better as the preseason has gone along. We’ve learned how to work together as a team a lot better,” said Busby, a third-year varsity player.
Senior Lindsay Holt, the Wolverines’ only other three-year varsity player, agreed that this year’s squad seems more on the same page than the one a year ago.
“I’m really excited because we have a lot of good chemistry and no drama, like in the past,” Holt said. “The team strength is our basic chemistry together.”
Meghan Kotko, Truckee’s other co-team captain along with Busby, also thinks highly of this year’s group.
“I think we have a lot of potential,” said Kotko, a sharp-shooting left-handed guard with smooth ball-handling skills. “We have a lot of new varsity players, but they’re picking it up pretty fast.”
As far as the Northern 3A, Tenorio expects Spring Creek, Lowry and Yerington to provide the biggest challenge for the Wolverines.
“It’s good league this year. There are a lot of teams to contend with,” Tenorio said. “I’m looking forward to it. I think we’re going to do good things.”