Despite illness, girls beat North Tahoe
Wolverine basketball star Lauren Gordon has made her mark in 3A league competition – playing hard despite setbacks and imposing opponents. On Friday, Jan. 11 she had a new adversary to face: the cold and flu season that inevitably comes with the winter season.
Coach Mike Merriman rotated Gordon in and out of the game against Manogue, yet needed his star player on the court as much as possible.
“Lauren simply ran out of juice by the end of the game,” said Merriman, after Gordon, the team’s leading scorer, netted only two points in the last quarter.
Junior Heather Shove kept the Wolverines in the game with 21 points, aggressive rebounding and defensive coverage. Despite Shove’s efforts and Gordon’s command on the court, TTHS fell into the Miners’ pit, losing 46-59.
Gordon toted a package of tissues and plenty of water to the gym on Saturday Jan. 13, ready to face archrival North Tahoe at home. Despite obvious suffering, Gordon looked strong and confident on the floor, scoring 12 points against the Lakers and delivering a win for the Wolverines.
Truckee opened the game on par with the Lakers as both teams pushed down the court and closed the first quarter tied at 9-9. By the end of the first half, thanks to rebounding efforts by Heather Shove and Emily DeCarlo, the Wolverines had pulled ahead by five points.
The third quarter witnessed an 18-point run by the Wolverines, crushing the Lakers’ offensive drive and putting a significant point advantage on their side. Coach Merriman used the lead advantage to rotate his players and give Gordon a much-needed rest, as Truckee hung on to win 40-33 over North Tahoe.
Leilani Mullen put eight points on the board for Truckee and Shove boasted seven for the day.
“We are definitely playing better, turnovers have been way down and the girls are working together like a team, though we have not quite turned the corner,” Merriman said.
The team will take some time off this week for what Merriman dubbed “get healthy time” before their next game against Dayton on Saturday, Jan. 20.
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