Truckee basketball splits final games
The Truckee High boys basketball team split a pair of home games against Spring Creek and Lowry to end the regular season this past weekend.
Truckee (7-7 league, 9-9 overall) will enter the Northern 3A playoffs as a No. 5 seed, and will play Yerington (9-5) at Elko High School on Thursday. The winner plays Incline (10-4), which received a first-round bye, on Friday.
Friday’s 65-46 loss to the Spartans (2-12, 3-22) was not pretty to watch for Truckee fans in attendance, as the Wolverines struggled to knock down open looks from the opening tip until the final buzzer.
While shot after Truckee shot continued to clank off the rim, Spring Creek sophomore David Morrell maintained a hot shooting hand, scoring a game-high 40 points. Morrell did it from everywhere on the floor, hitting five 3-pointers and having his way in the paint and at the free throw line. He scored 17 of the Spartans’ 26 first-half points and 23 of their 39 in the second.
Junior Ryan Roberts led the Wolverines with 15 points, and senior Nick Tennant contributed 13.
Despite the final score, the game was closely contested until late in the fourth quarter, when Spring Creek went on a 21-4 run in the final 3:15 to seal what quickly became a lopsided win.
The Wolverines bounced back to defeat Lowry 56-45 the following day.
Tennant led Truckee with 13 points, followed by Roberts and senior Pat Galvin with nine points apiece.
Truckee led throughout, taking an 18-11 lead after the first quarter and a 30-22 lead into the half. The Wolverines held the Buckaroos (6-8, 7-18) to just five points in the third quarter before an evenly played fourth.
Truckee senior Meghan Kotko scored on an inbounds play with 3.6 seconds remaining as the Wolverines won 47-46 at Spring Creek on Friday, sending the Spartans to their third straight loss while Truckee won its third in a row.
The following day, however, the Wolverines lost 63-34 at Lowry ” their second loss of the season to the Buckaroos.
The Wolverines (8-6) enter postseason play as the fifth seed. They will play Spring Creek (9-5) at Elko High School on Thursday. The winner plays Dayton (11-3), which received a first-round bye, on Friday.
Richard Anderson, who has represented Truckee and eastern Nevada County’s District 5 since first being elected in 2012, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2020.