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Girls’ basketball finally makes up deficit

Matt Riddle

After losses to North Tahoe last week, the last thing the THS girls’ basketball team needed was another loss. But Tuesday night in a make-up game from December against Quincy, they pulled through with a 52-48 win.

But Saturday brought another loss, this time to Fernley, 53-44. But through the hump, coach Mike Merriman has had a couple of players step up their performances.

“Jessie Turner’s been playing very well,” he said. “She’s very solid.”

Turner isn’t alone in her performance

“I think they were more enthusiastic about the game and more into it and they were hustling more in the beginning,” Melissa Gadsby said. “We had a hard time getting pumped up for the game like we weren’t all the way awake yet.

“It’s hard to get pumped up for a game when you know you’ve lost most of your games so far.”

But the Vaquero’s physical play wasn’t a help.

“They’re definitely physical, they weren’t too cheap, though,” Jamie Froelich said. “They just played tough-ball.

“I don’t think we were as prepared as we could have been.”

Truckee players weren’t expecting as much fight from Fernley as they got from second place Bishop Manogue. They lost to Manogue by only point, 46-45 on Jan. 8. Fernley is fourth in Northern 3A play at 3-3 (9-9 overall). Truckee is seventh at 1-4 (3-7).

“I don’t think we expected them to be close to us the whole game,” Deverie Hewitt said. “They’re a good team, but our offense needs to step up.”

Against Quincy, Jacqueline Diaz led thte team with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kristina Rump finished with 13 and Jessie turner had 10 points plus eight rebounds.

In the Fernley game, Turner led with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Next weekend, they play two away games. Their next game is at Lowry Friday night and on Saturday, they will be in Spring Creek. They won’t be back in the area until Friday Jan. 31 when they play North Tahoe in Tahoe City.