Girls lose two on road, gear up for playoffs this week
The Tahoe-Truckee girls’ basketball team faces a situation much like the Wolverine boys’ squad: an uphill battle to get to state.
Coming off two league losses last week, the 4-6 (league) Truckee girls will square off against Fernley at division playoffs this weekend in Spring Creek.
Like the boys’ team, it’s a whole new season, and nothing matters but the girls’ performance this weekend.
Losses to Battle Mountain and tough Spring Creek last weekend proved the girls will need to draw on their strengths to pull out a playoff win.
Last Friday night (Feb. 13), the girls traveled to Battle Mountain, where Truckee fell 41-37.
Sandy Theil led with 12 points, while Tiffany Sahlman posted another 10.
The absence of seniors Ali Back and Jackie Robinson made the difference in a tight game.
Saturday, the girls lost 45-32 to Spring Creek.
“I’m not displeased with the way we played,” said head coach Mike Merriman. “I think we were tired after the first quarter, and it was the same situation; their press wore us down.”
The largest Spring Creek lead was 20, but Truckee managed to close the gap a little, eventually losing by 13 points.
“Maybe our girls are getting used to pressure,” said Merriman. “We did a few things different.”
Merriman said the girls intentionally stalled the game to break the Spring Creek momentum, a tact that seemed to work.
“That took Spring Creek out of it for a while and calmed our girls some,” said Merriman.
This weekend at Spring Creek, the girls could very well face both of the teams they lost to last week.
Should Truckee defeat Fernley Friday night, it will go against the winner of the Spring Creek/Battle Mountain Friday game, which will likely be Spring Creek, Merriman said.
Should Truckee lose Friday and still win Saturday, it will rank third in state.
In 1997, the TTHS girls also advanced to the first round, beating Battle Mountain, but lost to Moapa Valley the next day.
Last week’s TTHS away game against Whittell was canceled due to snow, and will not be made up.
This week, the girls are off from school for ski and skate week, but will continue to practice throughout the week in preparation for the zone games this weekend.
Lakers knocked out
Rival North Tahoe Laker girls did not advance to zones, though the TTHS boys will play North Tahoe in the first round of zone play Friday night.
See the TTHS boys’ basketball story for details of this game.
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