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Truckee basketball: Girls beat Fernley to end regular season

Sylas Wright
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Sylas Wright/Sierra SunTruckee junior Megan Shalvis takes the ball to the hoop for two of her game-high 25 points against Fernley on Saturday. Truckee won 56-35.

TRUCKEE and#8212; Junior guard Megan Shalvis lit up the net with 21 first-half points as Truckee cruised to a 56-35 win against Fernley to end the regular season Saturday.

The Wolverines finished 8-4 in league play and earned the No. 3 seed entering the Northern 3A Regional Tournament in Winnemucca, where they’ll face sixth-seeded Fernley (3-9) again on Thursday. The winner plays second-seeded Lowry (10-2) the following day. The regional championship is Saturday.

If the Wolverines can match their sharp performance on senior farewell, Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio likes his team’s chances in the postseason.

and#8220;They’ve been playing well the last couple games. It’s exciting,and#8221; Tenorio said after the win. and#8220;They’re really coming together as a group …

and#8220;We are exactly where we want to be. We have Fernley again in the first round of zones. We can’t look past them, because we know anything can happen in the playoffs. But we had a lot of fun (Saturday), for sure.and#8221;

After an evenly played opening few minutes, Truckee took control with lockdown defense and an efficient offense to close the first quarter on a 13-4 run, and extend its lead to 24-15.

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After Katy Stephens opened the game with a 3-pointer and Annie Rodriguez followed with a bucket inside, Shalvis came off the bench and immediately went to work on both ends of the floor. She hit two 3-pointers and had 15 points in the opening quarter, while also creating several steals.

Shalvis continued to pour in the points in the second quarter, scoring another six to give her 21 of her game-high 25 points at the half. And she wasn’t choosey about how she scored, stealing the ball and driving coast to coast, rising over defenders to sink mid-range jumpers, hitting open looks from outside, and converting from the free-throw line.

It was just the type of game Tenorio wanted to see from the talented, third-year varsity player.

and#8220;Offensively we’re trying to have her go to the hole more and shoot,and#8221; the coach said of Shalvis. and#8220;She sees the court so well she’s always looking for the open teammate. But we want her to be a little more aggressive, which will help us in the long run because people have to step out on her, and that opens things up.and#8221;

Following the strong latter half of the first quarter, the Wolverines completely dominated the second quarter with pressure defense that led to turnovers and easy fast-break points.

and#8220;We’ve been stepping up our defense,and#8221; Tenorio said. and#8220;We worked hard all week denying the ball, and making it hard on them to get in an offensive rhythm.and#8221;

When not creating steals, Truckee players rebounded on the defensive end and fired quick outlet passes for points in transition. By halftime the Wolverines had built their lead to 39-20. And they never let up after the break, regardless of which players were in the game.

and#8220;Our subs, I’m able to put them in and they work just as hard as the starters. There’s no let-down there,and#8221; Tenorio said. and#8220;I’m really happy for them.and#8221;

Stephens finished with nine points in the game, while Brooke Griffin added eight. Casey Schelker led Fernley with 11 points.

Truckee faces Fernley again in the opening round of the Northern 3A Regional Tournament on Thursday at 6:20 p.m.

The tournament, hosted by Lowry High School in Winnemucca, continues Friday and Saturday. The top three seeds advance to the state tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 26 and 27 at Damonte Ranch High School and Lawlor Events Center in Reno.

Check the NIAA website at http://www.niaa.com to view playoff brackets.