JV girls remain unbeaten in league
The Truckee High junior varsity girls basketball team continued its assault on the Northern 3A, but not without a scare from Fernley this past Wednesday. The Wolverines survived, 30-26, but played flat and emotionless.
Trailing by seven points, Truckee took control of the game in the second quarter to shut out the Vaqueros. The Wolverines went on to score 22 points in the second and third quarters to take a 10-point lead into the fourth.
Defense and luck enabled the girls to hold on and continue their undefeated season in league.
Sam O’Connell led Truckee with nine points, while Aly Coronado-Smith put in eight and Heather Fisher chipped in six.
On Friday night, the Wolverines played their last home game of the season against a tough Sparks opponent.
Again starting off flat but playing just well enough to win, the Wolverines led 15-11 at the half. A much different Truckee team took the floor in the second half, playing defense like its life depended on it. Truckee shut the Railroaders out in the third quarter and also scored 14 points to take command of the game.
Sparks made another run, but hustle and team depth enabled Truckee to improve to 11-0 in league and 19-5 overall ” with all five losses coming against 4A opponents. Brooke Griffin’s all-around play was the difference in this contest, said Truckee coach Geoff Stephens.
On Saturday, the Wolverines played a nonleague contest against 4A McQueen for the second time this year and came out fast and intense.
Leading 16-5 at the break, the Wolverine defense took control in second half by holding the hosts to only seven points in three quarters. Truckee substituted liberally in the second half and held off a powerful run by McQueen to win 23-17.
Chelsea Cordell and Sam O’Connell lead the Truckee offense with eight and nine points, respectively.
Truckee has three games left on its schedule ” Wednesday at Incline, then a rugged road trip to Spring Creek and Lowry, two of the toughest teams in the league.
“Regardless what happens this last week of the season, this group of girls has played with heart and desire,” Stephens said. “They took on the toughest nonleague schedule ever and faced a league schedule that includes at least six teams that can win on any given day.
“I am always proud of my teams, but this group has really worked hard to establish their own identity.”