Truckee ekes out comeback win in state semifinal
February 25, 2008
Everything about the Truckee girls state championship semifinal seemed supersized on Friday, from the Lawlor Events Center venue to the opposing roster to the extra-high stakes involved in the Wolverines seeking the schools first-ever state title. More than anything, though, Truckees clutch play down the stretch was huge in pulling out a 51-43 come-from-behind win over Pahrump Valley in double overtime.It was an incredible performance, said Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio, whose team advanced to Saturdays championship against Yerington with the win. It was really fun to watch the team.Truckee, the No. 2 seed from the Northern 3A, upset the first-seeded Trojans of the Southern 3A in large part due to a tenacious defensive effort, which helped keep in check Pahrump Valleys large post players four of whom stood 5-10 or taller and talented guards.On the offensive end, Truckees young guards carried the team in the fourth quarter and overtime, as freshman Megan Shalvis exploded for 14 of her team-high 16 points, while sophomore Katy Stephens sealed the win with a pair of free throws in the second extra period to give the Wolverines a 47-43 lead. Stephens, Truckees second-leading scorer with 10 points, got to the line on a technical foul called on Pahrump Valley guard Alyson Kunzi, whose team failed to score in the second overtime period as the Wolverines pulled away.Trailing 19-12 at the half, the Wolverines began to climb back into the game in the third quarter after senior Meghan Kotko drained a 3-pointer. Truckee pulled even at 24-24 with 2 minutes remaining in the quarter, then took its first lead of the game midway through the fourth.The lead went back and forth until the final 2 minutes, when the score stuck at 38-38 until the final buzzer.Both teams began the first 4-minute overtime in the bonus. Fouls and free throws became critical for Truckee as senior post player and leading scorer Breanne Busby fouled out. Shalvis kept her team alive by converting do-or-die one-and-one opportunities while Pahrump Valley did the same to force a second overtime, tied 43-43.The Wolverines didnt waste any time putting points on the board in the second extra period, as they went on to outscore the Trojans 8-0 to earn their jubilant celebration when the final buzzer sounded.