Wolverines stifle league foe
Wins don’t come easy shooting 9 percent from the field, especially in a hostile, rival environment, like Truckee.
The Incline High girls basketball team (0-2 league) found out the hard way Wednesday night, dropping a Northern 3A league contest 43-24 at Truckee (1-0) while connecting on just five of 56 shots.
“I don’t know too many teams that can win doing that,” said Incline coach Bill Devine, whose team jumped out to a 5-4 lead in the opening minutes as the Wolverines shook off rust from inactivity.
It was all downhill from there for Incline, as Truckee, which had not seen game action since Dec. 28, slowly found its scoring groove. And the Wolverines did it in familiar, rugged fashion.
“With Truckee, I know how they’re going to play ” I’ve been coaching against them for years ” and they were aggressive, tenacious,” Devine said. “But I thought they played a nice, clean, aggressive game.”
While that aggressive style forced many Incline turnovers, especially Truckee’s pestering full-court press and half-court trap defense, the physical nature of the game consistently put the Highlanders on the line. That’s how they eked out 24 points on such a low shooting percentage.
A late run at the end of the first quarter put Truckee in front 11-6, while the Wolverines took a 20-12 lead into the half.
The break seemed to energize the Highlanders, who came out firing to start the third quarter. Combined with a full-court press of their own that created several Truckee turnovers, Incline scored the first three points of the half while holding the Wolverines scoreless for more than four and a half minutes.
Then Truckee settled down, scoring a flurry of points after figuring out how to break the press.
“The second half was good, the first half we struggled a little bit,” Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio said. “We haven’t been playing much in the past couple weeks, so there was some rust there.”
Truckee controlled the flow for the remainder of the game, extending its lead to 33-20 by the end of the third quarter. It helped that senior post player and team captain Breanne Busby heated up, finishing with a game-high 12 points and nine rebounds.
“Breanne was able to kind of get on a roll for us in the post, scoring and getting offensive rebounds,” Tenorio said. “That kind of opened things up for us.”
Truckee guard Megan Shalvis, a freshman playing in her fourth varsity contest, helped pace the Wolverines with a well-rounded effort, finishing with seven points, eight steals and three rebounds.
“She’s going to be a big help coming off the bench as a freshman,” Tenorio said. “She did a good job, made some good decisions. She does a good job breaking the press. She sees the court as well as anyone on the team.”
After an 11-day layoff from the hardwood, the Truckee High junior varsity girls basketball team routed Incline 31-3 on Wednesday night.
Both teams started the game slowly and showed the effects of the time off, which was due to weather postponements.
The Wolverines led 6-3 at the half, with Incline’s three points coming in the second quarter. Truckee came out in the third quarter with a lot more energy and created some offense through its defense, said Geoff Stephens, Truckee’s head coach.
A balanced scoring attack saw nine of the 11 roster players scoring. By the fourth quarter, the Wolverines were clicking on all cylinders.
Truckee scored 25 unanswered points, 18 in the last quarter, and shut out the Incline Highlanders in the second half.
Natalie Duner led the Wolverines with six points, followed by Amber Davy, Chelsea Cordell, Aly Corando-Smith and Samantha O’Connell. Heather Fisher chipped in three and Bailey Vincent two. Brooke Griffin’s play at point got the entire team involved, while Citlali Hernandez contributed three assists. Mollie Askin worked the boards and Shannan Baumann grabbed all the loose balls to complete a solid team effort in the league opener.
Truckee hosts Fernley on Friday. JV tips off at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m.
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