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Truckee basketball: Girls defeat Dayton, secure playoff seed

Sylas Wright
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Sylas Wright/Sierra SunTruckee senior Katy Stephens hustles to track down a loose ball during the Wolverines' 43-21 win against Dayton this past Friday. Truckee will likely enter playoffs as a third seed.

TRUCKEE and#8212; The Wolverines likely earned the Northern 3A’s No. 3 playoff seed with a 43-21 win against visiting Dayton this past Friday.

Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio said unless and#8220;something drastic happensand#8221; the final week of the regular season, the Wolverines (6-4) will enter the regional tournament in Winnemucca as the third seed behind undefeated Spring Creek (10-0) and second-place Lowry (8-2).

Truckee opens the three-day tournament starting Feb. 18 against the sixth seed, most likely Fernley, in the quarterfinal round. If the Wolverines win that game, they’ll advance to the semifinal to face Lowry, a team Truckee played tough in both regular-season meetings only to fall short, 39-35, on Jan. 8, and 45-38 on Jan. 29.

and#8220;We’re excited to be in third,and#8221; Tenorio said. and#8220;We won’t have a bye the first round, but that’s OK. We’re in a bracket with a team that we lost to twice by (11) points total.and#8221;

Against the Dust Devils this past Friday, Truckee used a full-court press to create turnovers that led to easy fast-break points. At one point early in the contest Truckee junior Megan Shalvis scored back-to-back layups off of steals in the backcourt, while Katy Stephens drained a 3-pointer to give the Wolverines an 11-5 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Truckee continued to pull away in the second quarter with more stifling defense to take a 19-8 lead into the halftime break.

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and#8220;The girls played really well,and#8221; Tenorio said. and#8220;The pressure we put on them forced them to turn the ball over a lot and#8230; We talked about not getting in foul trouble by reaching in. We wanted to get them to turn the ball over with our pressure, and we did a good job with that.and#8221;

The Wolverines maintained their intensity after the half, building their lead to 28-16 by the start of the fourth quarter with more of the same tight defense that led to offense.

Shalvis led all scorers with 12 points, while sophomore post player Aleigh Krug finished with six points, and Stephens and Aly Coronado-Smith each had five.

and#8220;We played really well as a team both offensively and defensively. The girls are improving every week,and#8221; Tenorio said. and#8220;It’s exciting to watch them improve and have successes.and#8221;

Before the postseason begins, Tenorio said he’d like to see more players step up in the scoring department.

and#8220;We’re still struggling once in a while offensively as a group. We need to get more people involved in scoring, and not just rely on a couple different players,and#8221; he said.