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Truckee basketball | Girls roll to big win against South Tahoe

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

Sylas Wright / Sierra SunTruckee guard Olivia Duner throws a pass from the floor during the Wolverines' 52-34 win against South Tahoe on Tuesday.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; For 13 of the 16 minutes in the first half Tuesday, the Vikings’ offense was nonexistent. And they and#8220;paid the price for it,and#8221; as South Tahoe coach Mike Neiger put it.

After Karley Martinez tied the score 2-2 with an offensive rebound and putback in the first minute, Truckee went on to hold visiting South Tahoe scoreless for the rest of the quarter, then most of the second quarter en route to a 52-34 Mount Rose League win.

and#8220;In the second and fourth quarters I liked our aggressiveness,and#8221; said Neiger, whose team battled back after the dry stretch by scoring eight points in the final two minutes of the half. and#8220;The other two quarters we were kind of flat, stagnant, and we paid the price for it.and#8221;

The league-leading Wolverines led 12-2 at the end of the first quarter before going cold themselves in the second and#8212; in part because of a scrappy full-court press by the Vikings. After four scoreless minutes, Sydnie English finally knifed into the lane for a layup midway through the quarter. Truckee didn’t score again for another two and a half minutes, when Aleigh Krug assisted Jackie Bolton for a bucket in the paint.

South Tahoe’s Bailey David made two free throws and Hannah Neiger slipped behind the Truckee defense for a layup, cutting the score to 16-10, but Bolton ended the quarter with a free throw and a layup, again assisted by Krug, to give the Wolverines a 19-10 halftime lead.

and#8220;I thought we didn’t play as efficiently as we could have,and#8221; said Truckee guard Olivia Duner, who added that both teams played a physical ballgame. and#8220;But we had our moments on our transition offense.and#8221;

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Most of the Wolverines’ transition offense came in the second half, as they came out with a full-court press in the third quarter that caused multiple turnovers and fast-break points.

and#8220;Not bad,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens. and#8220;We’re playing more complete games. South Tahoe is very scrappy, but I thought we controlled the game from start to end. We were able to mix some things up from the last time we played them. Our defense creates our offense when we’re struggling.and#8221;

Stephens complimented the play of English, who came off the bench to provide toughness and energy as Truckee began to pull away in the third quarter.

and#8220;Sydnie played a very strong game,and#8221; Stephens said. and#8220;She makes a difference as our sixth man. She changes the whole flow of the game and gives us new energy.and#8221;

Following an uncontested layup by Brooke King to start the third, Krug scored the next eight points as part of a 10-0 run, which was capped by a Krysta Murphy layup after beating South Tahoe’s press. By the end of the third, Truckee’s lead had grown to 35-17.

The Vikings never threw in the towel, as they matched their scoring output through three quarters in the final eight minutes. But it wasn’t enough as the Wolverines cruised to the win.

Krug led all scorers with 21 points, while English contributed 11 points and Bolton and Murphy seven apiece. David led the Vikings with nine points, including two three-pointers, and King and Alisa Caro each finished with seven points.

Truckee is now 6-0 in Mount Rose League play and South Tahoe is 4-3.