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Truckee basketball: Girls lose intense game to Lowry

Carly Maurer
Sierra Sun

Sylas Wright/Sierra SunTruckee senior Katy Stephens provided a spark on both ends of the floor against Spring Creek on Saturday. The Truckee girls dropped back-to-back home games against Lowry and Spring Creek over the weekend.

TRUCKEE and#8212; The Truckee girls lost close battle with Lowry, 45-38, at home this past Friday.

Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio said he was proud of his team and that they and#8220;played well and worked hard.and#8221;

The Wolverines came out slow in the first quarter with seven points to Lowry’s 10. and#8220;We were not running our offense and we stood around too much,and#8221; said Tenorio.

Picking up the pace in the second quarter, Truckee took the lead for the first time in the game and kept that lead by playing tough defense, which Tenorio believed was one of the team’s strengths during the game.

Truckee sophomore Aleigh Krug went on a scoring spree during the second quarter, knocking in 10 points to help the Wolverines build a 25-18 lead at the half.

In the third quarter Truckee continued to show off its quickness and good defense, holding Lowry to just six points.

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and#8220;Krug and Annie Rodriguez stepped it up defensively,and#8221; Tenorio said.

After finishing the third quarter leading 29-24, the Wolverines ran out of gas in the fourth. As a result, Lowry scored 21 points to Truckee’s nine to earn the win.

The Wolverines followed with a 47-21 loss to Spring Creek on Saturday.

Truckee played the larger Spartans tough early, using an aggressive defense to deny Spring Creek’s talented post players easy points under the basket. The Spartans applied heavy defense pressure of their own in the opening quarter, however, which ended in a 6-4 Spring Creek lead.

Spring Creek’s superior size began to take its toll in the second quarter, when the Spartans outscored the Wolverines 16-5 mostly off of points in the paint to take a 22-9 lead into the half.

and#8220;The girls did a good job in the first half. They just weren’t able to make baskets when they needed to,and#8221; Tenorio said. and#8220;Once falling behind like that it’s tough to come back. But I was proud of the girls’ effort out there.and#8221;

Despite a 3-point swish by Truckee senior Katy Stephens to end the third quarter and#8212; Stephens also created a couple of steals in the quarter and#8212; Spring Creek extended its lead to 30-15 by the start of the fourth.

The Spartans’ guards then heated up from outside in the final quarter as Truckee switched to a zone defense in an effort to limit the points in the post.

and#8220;I think it was just their ability to play inside and out,and#8221; Tenorio said, explaining how the Spartans were able to pull away. and#8220;They’re really strong in the post, and we didn’t have enough post players to battle with them.and#8221;

Stephens hit another 3-pointer late, but it was too little, too late facing a double-digit deficit.

and#8220;We tried to play them straight up, but they’re so talented. They have about eight or 10 girls who can come in and out and play well, and they just wore us down.and#8221;

and#8212; Sierra Sun Sports Editor Sylas Wright contributed to this report.