Truckee girls edged by visiting Yerington
Take away that eight-point Yerington run in the third quarter and the Truckee High girls basketball team outplayed the visiting Lions on Wednesday night.
As it turned out, however, the Lions and their twin towers ” Karrie-Ann Quartz and Kayla Lommori, both 6-footers ” came out of the half with a hot shooting hand, outscoring the Wolverines 13-6 in the third quarter en route to a 44-37 Northern 3A win.
“The first half was great. The girls played with energy and played hard,” said Angelo Tenorio, Truckee’s head coach. “But it was kind of typical of what we’ve been doing this year, which is just to kind of put together one half at a time.”
The opening half was evenly played, with Truckee leading 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and 20-19 at the midway point.
Like most Truckee-Yerington matchups, the game was physical, with both squads playing smothering defense and pressing full court.
Despite the Lions’ potent offensive attack, led in part by junior point guard Kiara Ross, the defensive-minded Wolverines held the visitors in check throughout the first two quarters. Wolverines were everywhere on the floor, hustling on both ends to create turnovers and working hard to keep the ball out of the twin towers’ hands.
Truckee guard Katy Stephens provided a spark with her defensive pressure and scoring ability, as she finished with eight points and five rebounds and a number of steals and forced turnovers before fouling out late in the fourth.
Breanne Busby also “had a heck of a game,” Tenorio said, as the senior posted a team-high 14 points ” most of which came after getting clobbered in the forehead, leaving a large goose egg ” to go along with her 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.
But even though the Wolverines looked sharp at times, they never recovered from the third quarter, which left them in a 32-26 hole.
“Offensively we were moving the ball well, making smart decisions. And defensively we did a much better job in the first half of boxing out in the paint,” Tenorio said. “In the second half we got a little impatient and tried to force the ball to Breanne.”
Quartz scored a game-high 16 points, while Lommori had 10 and Ross nine.
“Yerington did a good job of taking it to the post, and that’s how they got a lot of scoring,” Tenorio said, talking specifically about the third quarter on. “But we did a good job. I’m proud of the girls. I just want them to continue to improve.”
Truckee hosts two league games this weekend, taking on Spring Creek on Friday at 7 p.m. and Lowry on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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