Girls’ hoops: Aggressive defense keys Truckee victory
After a 12-0 run by Truckee (8-3, 3-1) at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second, the Lady Highlanders’ basketball team found themselves in a deficit from which they would not recover.
Poor shot selection, bad passing and turnovers proved to be the major factors in the 44-28 loss. The Lady Highlanders (0-1, 2-6) also had a hard time beating Truckee’s aggressive press defense.
“Any press defense can be beat and we knew how to beat it,” said Incline head coach Bill Devine. “We just let their defensive intensity get the best of us.”
“Our defense is kind of one of our strengths as a group,” said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio. “We’re not really tall. Our aggressiveness on defense helps to set up our offense.”
Turnovers were also a major factor for Incline, who almost doubled Truckee’s 25 turnovers. “I’m not sure how many turnovers we had, but I know it was a lot more than that,” Devine said.
Truckee’s Katie Malone earner a double-double putting up 10 points and pulling in 10 rebounds. Amanda Thorsby was the top scorer for Truckee, scoring a game-high 12 points. Thorsby also collected two rebounds.
“Incline worked hard; they came out ready to play,” Tenorio said. “They made us work really hard and put a scare into us.”
Tenorio said the hard play of Incline forced his girls to step up their play and that it is good to see teams playing more aggressive basketball.
“It’s good for the league; everyone improves,” Tenorio said.
Jami Bell and Addie Devine combined to score half of Incline’s 28 points, each putting up seven points.
Devine also hit a three-point shot in the third quarter that sparked some hope for Incline, but to no avail. The Lady Highlanders went 4-for-13 from the free-throw line as a team. Senior Lauren Hall played aggressive, putting up six points, but going 0-for-4 from the line.
In junior varsity basketball action, Truckee proved to be the victor, putting up 55 points to Incline’s 29. Incline, who was missing starter Nadine Meredith, played hard, but could not get their heads into the game, said Incline junior varsity head coach Allison Hilborn.