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Girls’ b-ball wins finale

Matt Riddle

After a disappointing season that was coming down to only one league win, the THS girls’ basketball team was able to finish the year with their second league win. This one came at 67-57 in the final game of the year against visiting Spring Creek, ending a 12-game losing streak.

“It was a nice going out with a win,” coach Mike Merriman said. “The last two games, we finally figured out how to pick it up.”

In the first period, Spring Creek was able to out-hustle Truckee, going up 17-8. But in the second, Merriman mixed up the starting five. With an aggressive full-court defense, Truckee had a stealfest. Instead of scoring just eight, they scored 28 to Spring Creek’s seven, including an 11-2 run, going up 32-24 at the half.

But Spring Creek led an attack in the third, coming within two at 4:17, 34-32. Truckee was able to out-distance themselves, ending the period on two quick shots for four, 41-36.

The Spartans kept the pressure up in the fourth, moving the ball up quicker than Truckee’s hustling full-court D could stop. They finally tied it back up at 6:31 at 45 all, then only 11 seconds later, after a Wolverine field goal, Spring Creek put up a three to go up by one point, 47-48.

They tied it up again two minutes later at 54, then a third time at 3:01 at 54 all.

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But that was all they could handle.

Although close, the Wolverines kept it together while Spring Creek wasn’t. Up by two, a lay-up by Jacqueline Diaz was the proverbial final nail in the coffin with 1:45 left to make it 60-56.

Spring Creek played nothing but slop after that as Truckee went up by four, then seven and eventually by 10 for the final 67-57 score.

“Even though we lost most of our games, it was still a good way to finish,” Brie LaDain said. “It gave us a sense of accomplishment at the end of the season.”

Diaz led with 12 points, followed by Jamie Froelich and Kristina Rump, both with 10. Every player on the roster scored at least a field goal.

Emily Griesmer has been a standout on the team.

“I’ve seen her for three years and she’s steadily improved,” Merriman said. “When she squares up, she makes it most of the time.”

In Friday night’s 61-41 loss to Lowry, the Wolverines were able to keep it a closer game than the score indicates.

“We were right with them and at halftime, we were pumped because we were still with them,” Crysta Weed said. “We went out there and still played our hearts out.”

The defense made a difference in the weekend’s games, especially the play of Weed.

“The girl is one of our best players,” Merriman said.

Weed was one of the main parties responsible for the second period stealfest against Spring Creek, something she wished that they had been able to do earlier in the season.

“It’s been hard losing almost every game,” Weed said. “Coach (Merriman) told us to get pumped up and play harder.”

They did.

“We decided to play better, so we had nothing to lose,” Weed said.