North Tahoe at Truckee basketball | Wolverines send seniors out on winning note
February 4, 2012
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Much like in the first rival meetings of the season, the North Tahoe girls’ and boys’ basketball teams played Truckee tough through one quarter before the larger Wolverines pulled away.
On Truckee’s senior farewell Friday, the Laker girls trailed only 12-8 after the first eight minutes before the Wolverines cruised to a 58-27 win. North Tahoe’s boys were down 13-6 after a quarter but went on to lose 60-29.
and#8220;This seems like it’s been a good rivalry for awhile,and#8221; said first-year North Tahoe boys’ coach Dan Rosenfield. and#8220;We played them tough for a little bit, but they are just too much for us. They’re a good team.and#8221;
Said Rick Buhler, head coach of the Laker girls: and#8220;Their size inside got to us. They got two or three shots at the basket every time down. But that’s who they are.and#8221;
For the Wolverines, it was all about the seniors as girls’ coach Geoff Stephens started all four of his seniors minus Courtney Shalvis, who was sidelined with a knee injury.
and#8220;I’m proud of the seniors,and#8221; Stephens said, of Aleigh Krug, Krysta Murphy, Carly Maurer and Sassy Graham. and#8220;It was a good opportunity for them all to finish their high school careers playing together at home. When you’re a senior, you earn that.and#8221;
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The Truckee girls jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead before North Tahoe guard Irene Rojas put the Lakers on the board with a midrange shot four minutes into the contest.
Krug answered immediately with two of her game-high 24 points against the outsized Lakers, who had no answer for Krug’s size and skill in the post. North Tahoe junior point guard Elizabeth Buhler drained a three-pointer and Angela Wood followed with an outside jumper to pull to within four points at the end of the period.
Krug began imposing her will in the second quarter. She scored the first four points and the last four points of the period to help extend the Wolverines’ lead to a 27-10 entering the half. Rojas scored North Tahoe’s only two points of the quarter on an offensive rebound and putback.
The Lakers managed nine points in the third, but they couldn’t reel in the Wolverines as the home team received contributions from several players, including Graham and Ashley Harris, both of whom heated up from outside.
and#8220;When we played man (defense) in the second half we showed more energy,and#8221; Stephens said. and#8220;It got us to get more involved in the game. In the first half nerves were making them slow. They didn’t have to think as much in the man defense.and#8221;
Buhler led the Lakers with 11 points, while Rojas finished with eight and Samantha Jeffers with four. Murphy scored eight points for the Wolverines and Sydnie English and Graham each had seven.
Truckee improved to 7-0 in Mount Rose League play and 12-5 overall. North Tahoe, which is in good position to earn a Northern 2A playoff seed, is now 3-4 in league and 7-11 overall.
UP NEXT: Truckee plays at Sparks on Saturday, at Whittell on Tuesday and at Incline to end the regular season on Friday, Feb. 10. North Tahoe plays at Sparks on Tuesday before hosting South Tahoe on Friday, Feb. 10 and Incline on Saturday, Feb. 11.
In the boys’ game, it was the Lakers who got off to the hot start, as Brendon Arnold scored in the post to open the game, Mitchell Myers hit two free throws and Arnold muscled back an offensive rebound for a 6-3 North Tahoe lead.
The Wolverines responded with 10 straight points, however, receiving buckets from Trent McMullen, Max Blinoff, Trevor Mort and Clayton O’Connell, all seniors, to close out the quarter up by seven points.
and#8220;There were some nerves early on. They all had their families here and were excited, so it took them some time to settle down,and#8221; Tenorio said. and#8220;But they did a great job once they did.and#8221;
After Arnold and Truckee’s Adam Morgan swapped baskets to open the second, a three-point parade began. Truckee’s David Burnham hit first, followed by North Tahoe’s Eduardo Rodriguez on the other end, then Erik Holmer. Rodriguez hit another three about a minute later for a much-needed score.
But the Wolverines were already on their way to a big night. They scored the final six points of the half to take a 33-18 lead into the break. The lead grew to 50-22 by the end of the third before settling on the final margin of 31.
and#8220;Angelo does a good job with his guys,and#8221; Rosenfield said. and#8220;They moved the ball around well, and they didn’t rub it in. They had their subs in. And our kids played hard until the end, which they always do.and#8221;
Morgan led all scorers with 14 points, while Mort and McMullen each finished with 12 points, Blinoff had eight and O’Connell six. Arnold led the Lakers with 13 points, and Rodriguez contributed eight points.
and#8220;It was great,and#8221; Blinoff said of the win on senior farewell. and#8220;Everyone played great tonight and really hard. It was a good way to end.and#8221;
Truckee improved to 5-2 in league and essentially has secured a postseason berth after Sparks, also at 5-2, defeated South Tahoe 55-40 Friday night in South Lake Tahoe. The loss dropped the Vikings, whom the Wolverines beat twice this year, to 4-4 in league.
UP NEXT: Truckee and Sparks do battle in a crucial game at Sparks on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Railroaders took it to the Wolverines, 63-37, in Truckee last month. The Wolverines then end the regular season at Whittell on Tuesday and at Incline on Friday, Feb. 10. North Tahoe plays at Sparks on Tuesday before hosting South Tahoe on Friday, Feb. 10 and Incline on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Find a photo gallery from Friday’s North Tahoe at Truckee basketball games at http://www.sierrasun.com/hoops.