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McQueen machine too much for Wolverines

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Emma Garrard/Sierra SunTruckee High sophomore Katy Stephens dribbles between McQueen's Melissa Wolf and Carly Allinson during the Wolverines' 54-39 home loss on Friday.
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The effort was there, just not the result for the Truckee High girls basketball team.

With 4A McQueen in the house Friday night, the Wolverines’ chance for victory slowly but steadily slipped away as the Lancers built a comfortable lead and cruised to a 54-39 win.

“We played well, played hard. We just had a few possessions where we didn’t capitalize,” said Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio, whose team fell to 1-7 with the nonleague loss. “We had good opportunities at baskets, but we just weren’t able to put the ball in.”

The Lancers ” ranked seventh in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll at 9-3 ” were able to convert, whether in the paint or from the perimeter, and that was the difference in the game.

Having an offensive weapon the likes of point guard Sara Rooker, a senior who drained four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 14 points, certainly helped McQueen’s cause. When not popping from outside, the Lancers took advantage of their size in the low post to keep the Wolverines off balance.

“They did a good job with their inside-out game,” Tenorio said.

The same could be said for the Wolverines, who got off plenty of shots from inside and outside after consistently breaking McQueen’s full-court press. Their shots simply did not fall, and as a result, Truckee never found a rhythm offensively.

The Wolverines trailed 16-7 after one quarter and 27-18 at the half.

Despite being on the short end in terms of size, seniors Breanne Busby and Lindsay Holt and junior Michelle Hoehn held their own in the paint, grabbing defensive boards and keeping Truckee in the game with offensive-rebound putbacks. The three combined for 22 points, with Busby and Holt contributing eight points each and Hoehn chipping in six.

Also helping to keep the score within reason were sophomore guards Katy Stephens and Annie Rodriguez, whose speed and determination was key on both ends of the floor, and senior Meghan Kotko, who knocked down several shots and finished with seven points.

Despite Truckee’s hustle and resolve, the Lancers continued to add to their lead, extending it to 41-26 by the end of the third quarter.

“We work hard. We’re so close to being able to compete with these (4A) kids,” Tenorio said. “We just need that spark to put us over the edge.

“It’s not from a lack of effort.”

Truckee plays in the McQueen Tournament from Dec. 26-28.