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THS girls continue down tough road

Matt Riddle

It only gets tougher.

After going 0-2 on the road last week, the THS girls’ basketball team went 0-2 again with a 58-54 overtime loss in Tahoe City and another close loss to Yerington at THS, 44-42.

Competing with the loud crowd that normally accompanies a game at North Tahoe High, The Lakers drowned the Wolverines 58-56 in overtime.

“I sweat bullets coming in here,” coach Mike Merriman said about playing in North Tahoe’s gym.

With twice the seating capacity as Truckee’s, and being a big rival game, the place was raucous, as usual.

The Wolverines were in charge at the half, up 25-19 but with 2:46 left in the third, North Tahoe finally tied it up on a fast break, but couldn’t maintain the charge. The third period ended with Truckee up 35-33.

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Then the real scoring started. With lead exchange after lead exchange and the Lakers actually taking the lead with 3:25 left in the game with a score of 47-46, Nicole Cardinali tied it back up with a free throw and then on another foul, pulled ahead 48-46 11 seconds later.

But North Tahoe kept biting back.

They tied it up at 50, and then Jamie Froelich dropped a field goal with 1:51 left to go up by two, but that found an answer, too, 52-52. With just 26 ticks left, Jessie Turner put up a crucial field goal, putting Truckee up by two.

Sometimes, 26 seconds changes everything.

North Tahoe tied it up with just seconds to go and Froelich, after making a clutch shot, went 0 for 4 from the gimme line.

Overtime at 54-all.

Truckee went down by two and, with the clock dwindling into seconds, converted on a Turner field goal. After a foul on North Tahoe with nine seconds to go, Truckee in-bounded the ball on North Tahoe’s side of the court, only to have the pass picked off and the Lakers capitalized on the mistake, putting up a field goal with 1.5 seconds left, going up for good 58-56.

Free throws plagued the Wolverines again. The scored only 12 of 29 from the line while North Tahoe shot 23 of 36.

Turner led with 10 points, followed by Froelich with nine. Amber harder and Christina Rump both had eight. In all, 11 of the 13 players on the roster scored at least two points.

“The shots quit falling,” Merriman said. “Jessie Turner and India Milhollen got some good rolls to the basket but (North Tahoe) cut that off.”

Merriman said that the Lakers are a well-coached team.

“Dave Hibbitts is a very good coach,” Merriman said. “Every year they get better and better with him.”

Saturday afternoon, Yerington didn’t fair much better results.

They gave up another close one, but without the overtime dramatics.

Down 37-40 with just 1:20 left, Jacqueline Diaz made a critical field goal to get within one.

Then the Lions made a field goal to go up by three and #44XXX missed two free throws. Then Yerington was fouled by Truckee and made both shots, putting the Lions up by four.

With 20 seconds left, Turner put up a desperate field goal to come within two.

But it was too little, too late.

Yerington stole the win, 44-42.

“We should have won that game,” Milhollen said.

THS is slowly being pushed out of any hope for zones, sitting in seventh place at 1-7 (3-10 overall), three games behind Fernley at 4-6 (10-12 overall) with only four games left in the season.

Up next for the Wolverines is a home game against Bishop Manogue, 8-1 (13-8) Saturday night.