Lady Wolverines fall to Spring Creek at playoffs
February 20, 2002
The Truckee Lady Wolverines basketball team lost 56-37 to the Spring Creek Spartans in the first round of the NIAA 3A Northern Zone Playoffs last Thursday at Lowry High.
The Spartans used an 11-0 run in the third period to break the game open and end the Lady Wolverines’ season.
During the game, the Lady Wolverines offense took on a Jeckyll and Hyde persona, as they followed two of their highest-scoring quarters of the season with two of their lowest.
With a Northern 3A tournament that was wide open, the sixth-seeded Lady Wolverines first round draw against the third-seeded Spartans was particularly problematic, as the Spartans are known for their defense.
During the game, Spring Creek’s Cassie Wyllie used her quickness to offset the size advantage of the Wolverines’ primary offensive threat, center Heather Shove, while the Spartans’ guards harassed the Wolverines’ backcourt and disrupted the offense.
Still, Truckee trailed by only seven points at the half, 23-16, thanks in large part to a first quarter in which they outscored Spring Creek 12-11.
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But the Lady Wolverines couldn’t continue that offensive flow into the second period, as the Spartan defense buckled down and held them to only four points in the quarter.
The Spartans then came out in the third, and after a Lauren Gordon jumper brought Truckee to within five, went on an 11-0 run to break the game open.
The Lady Wolverines had one counterpunch left in them and responded by outscoring the Spartans 14-9 over the rest of the quarter. They trailed 43-32 entering the fourth period.
But the Lady Wolverines could only muster 6 points in the fourth quarter, and the Spartans won going away.
All season, one of the keys for the Lady Wolverines basketball team was to establish some sort of offensive flow. When they did and were able to score more than 40 points, they were a formidable opponent.
But on nights when they struggled offensively, victories were scarce.
In the final game of her four-year varsity career, Shove led the Wolverines with nine points, while senior-guard Gordon finished with eight.