Oh so close
In the end, just like in the first two meetings, Yerington’s twin towers proved to be too big a hurdle for the Truckee High girls basketball team to overcome.
Led by 6-foot post players Karrie-Ann Quartz and Kayla Lommori, who combined for 27 points and 24 rebounds, the Lions put a halt to the Wolverines’ postseason streak on Saturday, defeating Truckee 46-30 in the Nevada 3A State Championship at Lawlor Events Center.
“Yerington’s a tough match-up for us with their two big post players,” Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio said. “We had a tough time with them all year.”
What a year it was, Tenorio said in retrospect, conceding that his young but talented team exceeded his ” and the rest of the league’s ” expectations after entering the regional tournament as a No. 5 seed.
“Had you asked me if we’d play in the state championships at the beginning of the season … I don’t think so,” he said, adding that it was the first time a Truckee girls team had played that deep into the state tournament. “We’ve been through a real roller coaster to get here.”
Although the Lions jumped out to an early lead that they would never relinquish, the Wolverines hung tough, trailing 8-7 at the end of the first quarter and 19-14 at the half. Despite its best efforts, however, Truckee simply could not muster enough offense in the second half, as Yerington extended its lead to 32-25 by the end of the third quarter and quietly pulled away in the fourth.
Freshman Megan Shalvis ” who played a huge role in Friday’s semifinal win over Pahrump Valley to advance ” scored Truckee’s last basket of the season with 3 minutes, 34 seconds left in the game, and Yerington relied on free throws to preserve the win.
“You go through those times when the ball doesn’t go through. It’s a little frustrating,” Tenorio said. “You try to stay focused as a coach and help them persevere through those times. It was just one of those games that didn’t go our way. It’s not from lack of effort. The girls did a great job and I’m real proud of them.”
Shalvis led Truckee with eight points while senior Breanne Busby added seven and Meghan Kotko six. Lommori posted a game-high 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Lions. Quartz added 13 points, Kiara Ross 10 and LaReina Jim five for Yerington.
Truckee entered the state tournament as the No. 2 seed from the Northern 3A, and advanced to the final by defeating the Southern 3A’s No. 1 seed, Pahrump Valley, 51-43 in double overtime Friday. On the other side of the bracket, Yerington entered as the North’s No. 3 seed and defeated first-seeded Lowry 46-34 to advance.
“Playing in the state championship was incredible, wild,” Tenorio said of the experience. “We’re really proud of the girls. They persevered all season.”
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