Girls come back against Fernley
After struggling in consecutive losses to Yerington and to a Bishop Manogue team they should have beaten, the Truckee Lady Wolverines varsity basketball team broke out Tuesday night with their highest offensive output in several games to beat the visiting Vaqueros from Fernley, 50-46.
But the Lady Wolverines will have little time to savor their second league win, as they play host to the Spring Creek Spartans on Friday night at 6 p.m, and league front-runners Lowry Saturday at home at 4:30 p.m.
Judging from common opponents, the Spartans and Lady Wolverines should match up well against each other.
Spring Creek is 2-2 in league play, having beaten Dayton and Manogue, while losing to Yerington and Fernley.
Truckee’s other league win came against Dayton.
After Tuesday’s win, Head Coach John Western did take a few minutes to savor the Lady Wolverines’ victory.
“We played real good offense. We passed well, found the open girl, shot the ball well, and took care of the ball,” he said.
In other words, after struggling for two games, they did almost everything right Tuesday.
About the only thing the Lady Wolverines didn’t do was protect the big lead they had built in the first half.
Truckee was ahead 29-15 at halftime, led by Heather Shove’s 14 points.
But the sharpshooting Vaqueros, thanks to Walita Querta’s four 3-pointers, came back in the second half.
“We had trouble guarding them man-to-man and fighting through some of the screens,” Western said of the Vaqueros comeback.
Shove would finish with 17 to lead all scorers.
But if points were awarded on style, the Lady Wolverines would have easily notched their second league win of the season against the visiting Manogue Miners last Friday night.
Unfortunately, in the end the only points that matter are those on the scoreboard, and the Miners managed a few more, winning 38-29.
Truckee dominated play in the second and third quarters, but could only build a 26-23 lead heading into the fourth period.
Unable to distance themselves from the struggling Miners, the Lady Wolverines found themselves behind for good early in the fourth after consecutive baskets by the Miners, including a clutch 3-pointer by guard Katie Federici, ignited Manogue and started a 15-point fourth quarter for the Miners.
That, coupled with the Lady Wolverines’ cold shooting down the stretch spelled the difference.
Truckee managed only eight second-half points, two in the fourth.
“We work at [our shooting] daily, but it’s the hardest part of the game to control,” said Western after Friday’s loss.
What the Wolverines did manage for much of the game was play in the middle, thanks in large part to center Heather Shove.
Shove was nothing less than dominating in the second and third quarters, blocking or altering just about every shot the Miners tried to take in the key.
A 3-point play by Shove just before halftime gave the Wolverines a 21-18 lead and capped a 15 point quarter that saw Truckee come back from an early 12-6 deficit.
“I was real pleased with our play for three-and-a-half quarters … but it got away from us at the end,” he said. “And down the stretch, they made a couple of big plays.”
The games are further evidence that the NIAA 3A is wide open this year.
While several coaches feel Lowry is the team to beat, and Yerington a tough opponent, the rest of the league continues to beat up on each other.
Tuesday’s win upped the Wolverines record to 5-3 overall, and 2-2 in league play.