Girls’ hoops: Hug hands Truckee first loss
In the championship game of the Triple Threat Tournament at Hug High School in Reno, Truckee (2-1) was outscored 13-2 in the second quarter and couldn’t recover, losing 45-29 to host Hug (3-0) on Wednesday night.
If the Wolverines and head coach Angelo Tenorio learned anything in the three-day tournament, it was that piecing together two solid halves of basketball is the first step to improving on a 6-16 season in 2003.
“It was the same thing our first two games (of the tournament) – we only played one half,” Tenorio said. “If we would have been able to play both halves, it would have been a lot different.”
Truckee was coming off wins against Damonte Ranch and Sparks, but those were games in which the Wolverines got complacent in the second half. Against Hug, which had beaten Dayton and Incline on Monday, the Wolverines started out sluggish. Both teams did, actually, scoring only 12 points between them in the first quarter.
“It’s just a matter of it being early in the season more than anything else,” Tenorio said. “That’s why you do these tournaments – to try to work out some of the bugs.”
Unfortunately for Truckee, Hug woke up first behind five second-quarter points by Ana Puloka and four by Felicia Ladson. The Wolverines scored just six points in the first half – on baskets by Jesse Lamm, Erica Rice and Zoe Richards – and trailed at halftime 21-6.
Truckee struggled from the field, whether it was from the perimeter or a short shot under the basket. Hug’s aggressive play on defense made Wolverines’ shooters uncomfortable.
“I think they just came out a little nervous, and they were rushing their shots,” said Tenorio, who is in his second year at Truckee. “The intensity that the girls from Hug gave out there kind of intimidated them a little bit.”
Observing the inefficiency on offense, Tenorio went with a full court press midway through the second quarter, but Hug was still able to find open shots in transition.
Ladson finished with a game-high 19 points, including a three-pointer to open the fourth quarter that put Hug up by 14. Truckee went on a 9-2 run – capped by Felicia Tenorio’s three-pointer – to start the third quarter and had established some momentum when Kelly Stephens’ three put them within 11 to start the fourth.
But Ladson was relentless, netting two more shots down the stretch in a 16-point fourth-quarter output by the Hawks. Andrea Rodriguez put the finishing touch on Truckee, hitting mid-range jumper as the buzzer sounded.
Tenorio and Richards were Truckee’s leading scorers with six points each. Tenorio and Katie Malone were named to the Triple Threat All-Tournament Team. Tenorio had 22 points in the tournament, including two three-pointers, and Malone had 18. Ladson was named tournament MVP.
Pool A: Hug, Incline, Dayton
Pool B: Sparks, Truckee, Damonte Ranch
-Monday, Nov. 29
Hug 41, Dayton 40 OT
Truckee 32, Damonte Ranch 26
Hug 44, Incline 24
-Tuesday, Nov. 30
Truckee 43, Sparks 8
Dayton 39, Incline 22
Damonte Ranch 59, Sparks 22
-Wednesday, Dec. 1
Incline 43, Sparks 37 (5th place)
Dayton 46, Damonte Ranch 32 (3rd place)
Hug 45, Truckee 29 (championship)
MVP: Felicia Ladson, Hug; Felicia Tenorio, Truckee; Katie Malone, Truckee; Amanda Sbragia, Dayton; Tess Falcone, Damonte Ranch; Alicia Young, Hug.