Railroaders derailed at Truckee
You had to wonder what Truckee High girls basketball head coach Angelo Tenorio said to his team during halftime of Fridays home game against Sparks. Whatever it was, the girls took it to heart, as the Wolverines stormed out of the locker room playing possessed. Truckee outscored Sparks 21-0 between the entire third quarter and opening minutes of the fourth, denying the Railroaders a single point for nearly 10 minutes while building an 18-point margin en route to a 58-43 league win.At halftime I told them flat out, if they let the other team believe in themselves theyre going to get beat, Tenorio said. They needed to deny the easy shots and shut them down.Tenorios halftime demand to shut down the Railroader offense came after two evenly played quarters in which the lead changed hands several times. Truckee (6-5 Northern 3A) led by one after the first quarter, but a Sparks rally to start the second put the Railroaders (2-9) up by five with four minutes left in the half. Good outside passing to finish the second quarter kept Truckees offense alive and the game went to half with Sparks up by three, 27-24.Rolling into the third quarter, the Truckee maelstrom swarmed the gym. Led by the strong post play of senior Breanne Busby and solid open-court defense by the entire Truckee squad, the Wolverines dismantled the Sparks offense while converting steal after steal after rebound into easy transition baskets.After eight minutes of third-quarter action, Truckee had taken a commanding 43-27 lead, having outscored Sparks 19-0. It took Sparks another two minutes into the fourth to put points on the board, while Truckee hit an early-quarter layup to finish its rally at 21 points.Despite Truckees dominance in the third quarter, Sparks showed tenacity by ramping up a fourth-quarter rally that brought the margin to 10 points with two minutes left. Truckee was not to be denied, however, and after a long minute of scrappy play and foul shots, the clock ran out on the Railroaders.Tenorio was obviously thrilled with his teams effort, especially in the second half. Defensively, he gave his team credit for limiting Sparks top scorers, Sierra and Dakota Shaw.In the second half we extended our defense to the outside to deny the ball to Shaw twins, Tenorio said. That made a big difference.Truckees offense was centered around Busby, who finished with a team-high 17 points. Busby showed a strong court presence, and Tenorio looked to her often. We set up several offenses around Busby at the post, he said. Were always looking to take advantage of her height and strength on the inside.The win secured Truckee a tie for fourth place in the Northern 3A. Their league record improved to 6-5 with an overall record of 9-15.
Truckees varsity boys lost 72-50 at Sparks on Friday.Junior Ryan Roberts led the Wolverines (5-6 Northern 3A) with 15 points, followed by Pat Galvin with 11 and Nick Tennant with eight.
Truckees freshmen boys improved to 7-0 in league play with a 63-30 win over Fernley this past Wednesday.Colin Christian led the Wolverines with 18 points. James Depew and Phillip Smith had 10 points apiece, while Ben Bolton added eight and Mitch Nelson six.
See Tuesdays Sports andamp; Outdoors for results from North Tahoes weekend games.