Truckee girls pick up sloppy win at Incline
Whenever a team has more turnovers than made field goals in a half of basketball, it usually spells trouble.
The Truckee High girls basketball team barely dodged that trouble in a 33-26 win Wednesday at Incline, despite having more turnovers in the final two minutes of the game than it had made field goals in the entire second half.
Truckee (7-5 Northern 3A) scored just 14 second-half points on six field goals, nearly squandering a 19-6 halftime lead in a sloppy second half that saw many missed shots and turnovers for both teams.
“I think we almost tried to overlook Incline,” said Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio. “I told them not to overlook incline. I said to be careful, because this is a well-coached team that has nothing to lose. We came out a little flat.”
Incline (5-19, 1-11 league) pulled to within single digits, 29-21, with 2:12 remaining. From there, Truckee couldn’t handle Incline’s press defense. The Wolverines committed seven turnovers in the final two minutes, giving Incline many opportunities to crawl back.
However, as has been their problem all season, the Highlanders struggled shooting the ball all game long. The girls shot 10 for 64 from the field ” 15 percent ” and shot 0 for 6 from 3-point range.
“Truckee is one of the top-tier teams in our league,” said Incline coach Bill Devine. “I was ecstatic about our defense; we played well enough to win. I think what happened was it was rough play, but fair play, underneath, and we were just a bit too tentative down there. You’re not going to get the calls and better opportunities if you’re too tentative.”
While Incline won the rebounding battle, Truckee had better offensive success in the post, scoring 22 of its 33 points in the paint.
“We rebounded well; we had plenty of second and third and fourth opportunities,” Devine said. “We just got to score those. Like I said, underneath, we just didn’t match them.”
The Wolverines started the game hot, as they outscored Incline 10-4 in the first quarter and 9-2 in the second frame. Truckee sophomore Katy Stephens scored eight of her game-high 11 points in the first half. Senior Kelsey Shalvis had nine points in the game, while her sister Megan Shalvis, a freshman, chipped in with four points.
Senior Shelby Hooper led Incline with eight points and 17 rebounds, while senior Holly O’Connor chipped in on the glass with 10 rebounds. Sophomore Katy Wright had nine points for the Highlanders.
Wednesday’s win gave Truckee its first three-game win streak of the season. Meanwhile, the Highlanders dropped their eighth straight game.
Despite the sloppy finish, Tenorio said his team will benefit from the road win as it finishes its regular season with road games Friday at Spring Creek and Saturday at Lowry.
“We have a lot of confidence heading into the playoffs,” Tenorio said. “We just have to play hard and play well. We can’t take the night off like we did tonight. Mentally, you can’t do that.”