Girl’s basketball looks to go a little harder |

Girl’s basketball looks to go a little harder

Matt Riddle

After falling in the first round of last season’s playoffs, Mike Merriman’s girls basketball team is looking to go a little harder. One advantage they don’t have this year is height.

“We’re going to hustle,” Christina Rump said. “We’re not going to be as big as the other teams, so we have to have speed.”

The squad doesn’t have a player over 5′ 10,” leaving the game to quick feet and jumpers.

“A lot of us haven’t played together before and we’re a little vertically challenged,” Jamie Froelich said. “I think we’ll surprise ourselves.”

Dec. 3, they headed to Loyalton, only to lose in a nailbiter, 56-52.

This past weekend, the Wolverines were in Incline Village in the Incline Tournament. Thursday, they lost to 4A team North Valleys, 55-33. Then verses the host school of Incline, they dropped Friday’s game 46-41. But on Saturday, they finally pulled one into the W column with a 58-48 victory over rival North Tahoe.

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“With Incline, we just couldn’t get a shot,” coach Mike Merriman said. “Against North Tahoe, we played much more solid, made some shots, played defense, we just played much better.”

Next up, THS will be in Durham (Calif.) to compete in a three-day tournament. The first home game is against Quincy on Tuesday. The current tournaments are helping the team to set-up for the rest of the season.

“I think we can make zones and make State, how well we can do, is hard to say,” Merriman said. “A lot of the seniors are intent on playing well this year. It’s just a matter of scoring.”

And sometimes, it’s just a matter of how bad you want to win.