Truckee girls knock off another top team; boys lose
The Truckee High girls basketball team is making a habit of rising to the occasion.
For the second time in a week, the host Wolverines (4-3) knocked off one of the Northern 3A leaders, this time upsetting Dayton (4-2) with an impressive 54-45 comeback win Wednesday night.
The game began as a defensive battle, as Truckee posted nine points to Dayton’s eight in the opening quarter. The Dust Devils, led by a game-high 21 points from Chanelle Thompson, then pulled ahead in the second quarter, taking a 24-18 lead into the half.
Remaining consistent with the first-half scoring trend, the Wolverines managed nine points while holding the Dust Devils to just six in the third quarter.
Paced by senior post player Breanne Busby, who contributed a team-high 17 points, and sophomore guard Annie Rodriguez, who chipped in 10 points, Truckee played like a different team in the fourth quarter. A couple minutes into the final period, the Wolverines tied the game, then took over the lead.
“We had a real good fourth quarter,” said Angelo Tenorio, Truckee’s head coach.
“We picked it up on defense and shut down their star players. Once we tied it up and took the lead, the girls went crazy, and the basket got real big.
“We caught fire and took off.”
Rodriguez played a major role, scoring eight consecutive points to spark her team’s offense.
“She had her best game of the year,” Tenorio said.
With momentum on their side, the Wolverines began to run away with the game, scoring 27 points to match their point total entering the quarter.
Truckee moved a half game ahead of Lowry (3-3) in the league standings.
“It gives them a lot of confidence,” Tenorio said of the big win. “The last week and a half they’ve been playing better as a team. They’re starting to gel and come together at the perfect time.”
The junior varsity girls defeated Dayton 54-16 on Wednesday.
Truckee took full and early control of the game when Amber Davy hit her first four shots and stole the ball, leading to an assist. A minute and a half into the game, Truckee led 12-0.
The Wolverines had balanced scoring, with nine of the 10 dressed players contributing to the victory. Besides Davy’s team-high 10 points, Chelsea Cordell scored eight points, while Brooke Griffin and Sam O’Connell chipped in seven apiece Aly Coronado-Smith and Heather Fisher six, Mollie Askin and Shannan Bauman four and Natalie Duner two. Citlali Hernandez contributed to the effort with five rebounds and great hustle.
The entire Wolverines logged plenty of minutes with no drop-off of effort during any point in the game. The 54-point offensive explosion was a team high this season.
The Truckee High boys basketball team fell to 3-4 in the Northern 3A with a 57-44 loss at Dayton on Wednesday.
The Dust Devils, who improved to 6-0 in league, held the Wolverines to just 16 second-half points after entering the half tied 28-28.
Truckee coach Steve Ames said the Wolverines went cold in the second half, as “nothing would fall” while Dayton continued to extend its lead. The Wolverines scored just seven points in the third quarter and nine in the fourth.
T.W. Cunningham, head coach of the Dust Devils, thought Truckee’s lack of depth on the bench contributed to its drop-off on the offensive end.
“They only had eight guys total and I think our full-court press wore them down in the end,” he told Nevadaprep.com. “We pressured most of the second half and some of the first.”
Senior Cody Wicks led the Wolverines in scoring with 12 points, followed by sophomore Matt Mehan with 10.
The Dust Devils connected on 15 of 20 free throws while the Wolverines made just 5 of 16 attempts.
Truckee is now in a three-way tie for fourth in league.
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