Girls’ hoops: Truckee opens season with consecutive wins
Sierra Sun sports editor
Damonte Ranch scored first, but the Truckee Wolverines answered with a 12-0 first-quarter run and hung on to win 32-26 in their season-opener on Monday night in Reno.
The game was part of the three-day Triple Threat Tournament at Hug High School in Reno that will run through Wednesday, Dec. 1.
From the tip-off, Mustangs forward LaCoya McClury ” who led all scorers with 10 points ” took a pass from teammate Tess Falcone and laid it in to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead. The game remained that way until midway through the first quarter when Truckee’s outside shooting game caught fire.
Junior guard Felicia Tenorio, a returning starter from last year’s Wolverines squad that finished last in the Northern 3A (2-12, 6-16), drained a three-pointer to give Truckee a lead it would not relinquish the entire game. Senior forward Jesse Lamm equaled Tenorio with her own three-pointer moments later to give Truckee a 6-2 lead with 5:18 remaining in the first quarter.
After center Katie Malone battled for a bucket in the paint, Tenorio hit a long field goal and followed it up with a lay-up to give Truckee a 10-point lead. The initial burst turned out imperative for Truckee because a feisty Damonte squad that suited up zero seniors stuck around until the final minutes of the game.
“We came out ready to play,” said second-year Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio. “Our press really helped us get a lead early in the game, and we were able to use our speed. We played a scrappy team that was a little bit bigger than us.”
Lamm netted two free throws to propel Truckee to a 14-6 lead after the first quarter. Five different Wolverines made shots in Truckee’s 10-point second quarter ” the first by Tenorio, who buried another long field goal and finished as Truckee’s leading scorer with nine points. Fouls allowed Damonte to sink six free throws in the quarter as Truckee led at half 24-14.
The Wolverines would go on to score just 8 points in the second half to let the Mustangs cling to a hope of coming back.
“We didn’t come out with the same intensity in the second half,” Tenorio said. “Our girls tend to get complacent when they get a lead, and they try to hang on to a lead rather than really getting after it and putting the game away. That’s something they’re going to learn.”
Luckily for Truckee, Damonte struggled even more in the third quarter as both teams combined for just seven points. Junior Amanda Thorsby’s basket early in the fourth period gave Truckee its biggest lead of the night at 30-17. But McClury and Courtney Kollasch had four points each to spark a 9-0 run by Damonte that made the score 30-26.
Two missed shots by Damonte under the basket created a breakaway score by Malone that put Truckee up by six with just over a minute to play. Steals by Kelly Stephens and Erica Rice helped Truckee stave off the Mustangs and win 32-26.
Damonte was able to steal the ball often in the game, but it couldn’t capitalize on Truckee’s mistakes by putting the ball in the hoop. Tenorio said his team’s ball-handling difficulties had to do with a young backcourt that needs more varsity experience.
“We have a lot of young players who like the ball in their hands,” he said. “Once they get a few games under their belts, they’ll settle in. It was the first game, and that team chemistry’s still not quite there.”
Tenorio said he will work on establishing a more effective inside game on offense, but he felt the looks were there.
“We had a few girls in there that were able to get some shots off,” he said. “They didn’t make them like they have been in practice, but they’re improving and they want the ball inside.”
On a poignant note, Truckee junior Corina Mincey is coping with the loss of her father and has not practiced with the team in more than a week.
“She was one of the better junior varsity players (last year), and we’re looking forward to having her once she gets back,” Tenorio said.
[A preview of the 2004 Truckee girls’ basketball team will be posted on the Sierra Sun Web site on Thursday, Dec. 4.]
Truckee shut out Sparks 18-0 in the opening quarter and went on to win 43-8 to advance to the championship game of the Triple Threat Tournament at Hug High School in Reno.
The Wolverines will face Hug ” which beat both Dayton and Incline on Monday ” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night (Dec. 1) for the championship.
“It was a blowout from the beginning,” said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio about the victory over Sparks. “They couldn’t handle the pressure of our press, and they pretty much gave up.”
Behind 10 points from Amanda Thorsby and Katie Malone, Truckee led 32-4 at halftime. Felicia Tenorio added seven points as Truckee’s record improved to 2-0. Four different players scored two points for Sparks, which will compete in the Northern 3A this season after playing as an independent in 2003.
-Truckee 43, Sparks 8
Truckee 18 14 2 9″ 43
Sparks 0 4 2 2″ 26
-Truckee: Malone 10, Thorsby 10, Tenorio 7 (1-4 FTs), Rice 6, Donaldson 4, Lawrence 2, Stephens 2, Richards 2. Fouls: 14.
-Sparks: Cruz 2, Jared 2, Coffee 2, Anderson 2. Fouls 5.
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
3:45 Incline vs. Sparks
5:15 Dayton vs. Damonte Ranch
7:00 Hug vs. Truckee
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