Wolverines take down league-leading Spartans | SierraSun.com

Wolverines take down league-leading Spartans

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunTruckee High junior Kati Murphy fights for possession with Spring Creeks Noelle Laffoon and Lacey Rider during the Wolverines 69-62 overtime win on Friday.

Who said the two-time defending 3A champs could not be beaten? The Truckee High girls basketball team certainly did not buy into that, as the host Wolverines defeated the previously undefeated Spartans 69-62 in a physical overtime thriller Friday.Truckee (3-3 league) scored early and often to start the game, beating Spring Creeks full-court press while denying the Spartan offense many good looks at the basket. The Wolverines led 16-7 at the end of the first quarter and 35-21 at the midway point.We had a really good first half, Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio said. We played under control and were able to break their press pretty easily, which led to some easy baskets. Its probably the best half we played all year.But, following a similar trend this season, the Wolverines seemed to let down their guard to start the second half, as the Spartans (6-1 league) posted 21 third-quarter points to Truckees 11 to bring the score to 46-42. Despite the Spring Creek surge, Tenorio said his team continued to play well.It wasnt like our players fell apart. They (the Spartans) just played hard and did a really good job fighting to get back into the game, he said, adding that senior Breanne Busby, who led the Wolverines with 15 points, fouled out with two and a half minutes remaining in regulation. That was huge. Thats how they were able to catch up.In addition to Busby getting into foul trouble, starters Katy Stephens and Lindsay Holt each had four fouls in the fourth quarter, when Spring Creek outscored the Wolverines 16-12 to send the game to a four-minute overtime period.Without its leading scorer, Tenorio was unsure how his team would respond in OT. The Wolverines did not disappoint.I was concerned how well they would handle the ball in overtime with all the pressure and the girls did a really good job, the coach said. We controlled the boards and just kind of took over. The girls played incredibly. Everybody seemed to play well.Stephens finished with 11 points, while Holt, Michelle Hoehn and Megan Shalvis each chipped in nine points.

Physically and emotionally drained from the big win Friday night, the Wolverines came up short against Lowry on Saturday, losing 45-35.They were pretty sore and tired, Tenorio said. They spent so much energy in the first game, we were flat. They didnt have much left in the tank.The opening quarter was evenly played, with Lowry taking a 13-11 lead after shooting a high percentage. Truckees defense, which remained tight the first eight minutes, loosened a bit in the second quarter as the Buckaroos put together a 12-2 run on a combination of sharp outside shooting and solid post play. By the end of the half, Lowry had built a 30-20 lead.Truckee came out with more energy to start the third, yet finished the defensive quarter trailing 38-30. The Wolverines looked fatigued in the fourth quarter, scoring just five points as the Buckaroos burned clock to hold onto the win.Busby led Truckee with 13 points.Despite the loss, Tenorio said he was pleased with how far his team has come along since the beginning of the season.Im very happy with my girls right now, he said. Theyre playing better team ball than they have all year; theyre starting to gel. Im really looking forward to the second half of the season.

Truckees boys beat Spring Creek 60-50 on Friday and lost to Lowry 53-32 on Saturday. Junior Ryan Roberts led the Wolverines in scoring Friday, posting 18 points. Senior Pat Galvin contributed 16 points in the win. Senior Nick Tennant led Truckee against Lowry with 10 points.

The Truckee girls host Dayton on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The boys play at Dayton the same day at the same time.

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