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Truckee girls pull away from Incline

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Carrie Richards/Sun News ServiceTruckee's Kelly Stephens saves a ball from going out of bounds at Incline.

The Truckee High girls basketball team got back in the win column with a 51-31 win at Incline on Wednesday.

The Wolverines, who ended a two-game losing skid, improved to 5-2 in Northern 3A play and 11-5 overall.

Truckee overcame a sluggish first half during which the Highlanders (1-6, 2-8) kept the score close with a tight half-court trap defense, Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio said.

Senior point guard Kelly Stephens ignited Truckee’s offense when she drained a 3-pointer in the second quarter, Tenorio said, and by that time the Wolverines had figured out how to beat the Highlanders’ trap defense.

Although Truckee eventually pulled away for the 20-point win, several of the girls were fighting sickness and thus were not up to par.

“We’ve been struggling with the flue bug,” Tenorio said. “(The girls) played with less energy than normal.”

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Stephens led Truckee in scoring with 18 points. Breanne Busby finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds and Nicole Panziera and Lindsay Holt had 10 rebounds apiece. Megan Kotko also grabbed five rebounds.

The Wolverines host Fernley on Saturday at 2 p.m.