Brooke’s shooting touch needed in playoffs
Confident she can place her case of “senioritis” on hold for the weekend, senior forward Marisa Brooke will be one of the key players for the Tahoe-Truckee High School girls’ varsity basketball team as it heads into the AAA state basketball playoffs today against Moapa Valley at 3:20 p.m. at Wooster High School..
When Brooke, who is leading Truckee players with a 10-point per game scoring average, is shooting well, as she was when scoring 17 points Saturday in the Wolverines’ 56-34 over Battle Mountain for the third and final Division I qualifying spot in the playoffs, the Wolverines look like a team which could advance deep into the tournament.
When she’s cold, as she was when held scoreless against Fernley last Friday, the Wolverines usually end up on the short side of the scoring ledger.
“We will definitely need her shooting during the playoffs if we’re going to advance,” said Wolverine coach Helen Godfrey.
Brooke knows a hot shooter can “fire-up” the entire team.
“We do well when someone like Sandy (Thiel, who also scored 17 against Battle Mountain) or Jackie (Robinson) or myself is ‘on’ in their shooting,” Brooke said. “If one or two of us is psyched up for the game, it makes everyone else up for the game as well.”
Brooke admitted she hasn’t been as consistent as she would like to be, partially because of her “senior status.”
“I wasn’t satisfied with my last few games of the season – I had ‘senioritis’ and felt like I just wanted everything to be done with,” Brooke said. “I was getting mad at myself and wasn’t mentally getting into games. That game against Fernley was probably the worst game of my life.”
Brooke, who also played on Truckee’s state-champion soccer squad, said she now realizes she must be an example for the team, even when she’s not scoring.
“As a captain, I have to show enthusiasm and get everyone else psyched up for the game,” she said.
Brooke said the Wolverines could upset some teams in the state tourney if they continued to play like they did in the Division I Tournament.
“If we can play that good in the state playoffs, we’ll do well,” Brooke said. “We all think we have a chance if we continue to hustle. We’ll practice hard during the week before the game, just like we did last week before the division playoffs.”
Brooke, who is planning on going to San Diego State University this fall (where she may get a house with teammate Jessica Valle), said this could be her final weekend of competitive sports for a while.
“I had thought about playing basketball in college, but everyone I talk to said it takes up all of your time,” Brooke said. “I want to try some other things – like surfing.”
Brooke said she has received a lot of support this season from her parents, Patty, and Michael, who is perhaps best known for staging the “Truckee Follies.”
“My mom came out to Spring Creek to watch the team play,” Brooke said. “My dad, he tries to be there for all the games, but he doesn’t know a lot about sports. One time I called him and asked him to bring me my soccer cleats and shin guards. Then he said, ‘What are those?'”
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