Truckee girls shoot their way to state
Just as Truckee High girls basketball coach Angelo Tenorio predicted, the Wolverines flew under the radar to sneak into the 3A state championship tournament.
Truckee, a No. 5 seed entering the Northern 3A regional tournament at Elko, began by knocking off fourth-seeded Spring Creek 44-42 on Thursday. The Wolverines then backed up their performance with a 48-27 win over first-seeded Dayton on Friday.
Facing Lowry, a No. 3 seed, in the regional final Saturday, Truckee lost 31-26 to earn a second-place finish and a No. 2 seed in the state tournament on Friday and Saturday.
“Defensively, the girls worked so hard together, and that gave us the opportunity to win those two games,” Tenorio said. “It was fun to watch.
“I’m very happy with where the girls are at right now. I think they’re peaking at the right time.”
For Tenorio and company, the Spring Creek win ” which marked the third victory over the Spartans this season ” may have been sweetest.
“We knew it was going to be a battle the whole time. They’ve always beaten us and knocked us out of playoffs the past several years, so getting three wins this year and not letting them advance in the playoffs is huge for us,” Tenorio said. “It’s a great feeling, for sure.”
Freshman Megan Shalvis led the way for the Wolverines, scoring a team-high 21 points, while senior Lindsay Holt contributed 11 points in a game that was tightly contested after Truckee jumped out to a 12-5 first-quarter lead.
The Spartans, who were essentially playing a home game in nearby Elko, outscored the Wolverines by five points the rest of the way only to come up short.
Against Dayton ” which was missing two players who were suspended, including leading scorer Chanelle Thompson-Brennan ” the Wolverines controlled the flow, taking a 12-7 lead into the second quarter and a 21-12 lead into the half. Truckee then outscored Dayton 27-15 the final two quarters to pull away.
Senior Breanne Busby and Holt scored 14 points apiece to lead the Wolverines.
Seeking its first win of the season against Lowry, Truckee took an 18-11 lead into the half before going cold after the break. The Wolverines failed to score in the third quarter, while Lowry went on a 14-8 run in the fourth to pull out the come-from-behind win.
“They (the Buckaroos) came back in the second half and played well ” chipped away at our lead,” Tenorio said. “We kind of shot ourselves in the foot.”
Shalvis scored eight points to lead Truckee scorers.
“Our team played really well,” Tenorio said of the Wolverines’ overall performance. “The girls are coming together. It was a true team effort.”
Second-seeded Truckee plays Pahrump Valley, the No. 1 seed from the South, in the state tournament at Lawlor Events Center on Friday at 11 a.m. The state championship is scheduled for Saturday at 3:20 p.m.