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Truckee girls make All-League

Sylas Wright
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Emma Garrard/Sierra SunTruckee High senior Meghan Kotko fires a pass against McQueen early in the season. Kotko was one of six Truckee players to earn Northern 3A All-League recognition.
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Six Truckee High girls basketball players were voted by coaches to the Northern 3A All-League squad.

Seniors Breanne Busby and Lindsay Holt made the second team, while senior Meghan Kotko, sophomores Katy Stephens and Annie Rodriguez and freshman Megan Shalvis received honorable mention recognition.

Busby also was voted to the 3A All-State second team, and Holt made All-State honorable mention.

A three-year varsity player, Busby stood out as the Wolverines’ primary offensive weapon, averaging 11 points a game from the low post despite the opposition consistently keying on her.

“Breanne is just a fun player to coach,” said Angelo Tenorio, head coach of the Wolverines. “She works hard and does whatever you ask of her. We’re really going to miss Breanne.”

While Busby was Truckee’s main force inside the paint, averaging nine rebounds and two blocks per game, she also played every position on the floor.

“She’s very versatile,” Tenorio said. “She was a great all-around player for us.”

Holt also played varsity since her sophomore year, serving as a defensive stopper with her hustle and all-out effort. Her senior season, she averaged six points, five rebounds and two steals, while often faced with the task of shutting down the opposition’s top offensive player.

“She had to stop the league’s leading scorers, and she did a great job,” Tenorio said. “She worked incredibly hard. It was a pleasure having Lindsay on the team.”

A sharp-shooting lefty, Kotko shot a perfect 100 percent ” seven-for-seven ” from behind the 3-point arc this past season.

“Meghan Kotko is just the calm, quiet leader. When we needed to settle things down, we’d get the ball to Meghan,” her coach said. “She was a great person to have on the team. She didn’t talk a lot, but she led with her actions on the court.”

Stephens was all energy, all the time, often coming up big in crucial situations on both ends of the floor. She averaged six points, seven rebounds, two steals and close to four assists per contest.

“Katy is a tenacious defensive player,” Tenorio said. “She can guard any player of any size, and she’s not afraid to stop anybody. She worked extremely hard on defense and did a great job this year.”

Rodriguez made up the second half of Truckee’s dynamic sophomore duo at the guard position. Controlling the point, Rodriguez used her quickness and dribbling skills to break the press and distribute the ball to open teammates.

“Annie learned a ton this year about how to be a point guard,” Tenorio said. “She was one of the most improved players offensively. She maintained the flow of the game and was a good all-around player.”

Called up to varsity early in the season, Shalvis turned out to be one of the Wolverines’ most potent offensive threats, coming up huge in the state championship semifinal with a game-high 16 points, and again leading the team in scoring in the final. On the season, she averaged eight points, five rebounds, five steals and two assists.

“Megan was a pleasant surprise for us this year,” Angelo said. “She worked hard offensively to be a scorer for us. She’s going to be a good player.”