JV girls basketball puts on show in 4A tourney
The Truckee High junior varsity girls basketball team surprised a field of 16 teams, all from the 4A level, only to lose in the championship game to Bishop Manogue, 55-35, in the High Sierra Winter Classic this past week.
The Wolverines had the toughest bracket to travel in the tourney, playing late games on week nights.
Truckee defeated a solid Reno squad 40-20 on Wednesday night with pressure defense all night long. Led by Brooke Griffins’ 15 steals and Megan Shalvis’ 14 steals, along with strong rebounding by Sam O’Connell, the girls scored quickly and often in transition from defense to offense.
Thursday night the Wolverines rallied from six points down at the half to win by three against a new rival, the Douglas Tigers.
The Wolverines played incredibly tight the first half, throwing the ball away and forcing their offense. In a see-saw second half, Shalvis opened up the Wolverine offense by scoring 16 points (two 3-pointers) and distributing three assists.
As a team the Wolverines caused more than 40 turnovers, including eight by Chelsea Cordell and five each by Shannon Baumann and Ale Coranodo-Smith. Mollie Askin and Natalie Duner contributed with stellar team play and hustle.
The final game saw a very tired Truckee squad face a talented team from Manogue.
Down by 10 points in the first few minutes, Truckee battled back to close the gap to six, but played most of the game trying to catch up.
Truckee’s bench played inspired ball in the fourth quarter led by Heather Fisher, Bailey Vincent, Amber Davy and Citlali Hernandez.
“This group was incredible,” Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens said. “Manogue kept their starters in almost the entire game and every one of our girls made them work.
“Our program is really coming along. We are 4-1, all against 4A schools. This group has some talent, a lot of heart, but most of all the have will.”