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Girls split games

JAMES BALL, Sierra Sun

The Tahoe-Truckee High School girls’ basketball team defeated North Tahoe handily at home last week in a 53-29 victory, though it lost to Fernley on Friday on the road.

Once a contender, North Tahoe hasn’t been the same since the loss of starting senior Cheyenne Price, who blew out her knee and is not expected to return this season.

Erin DeMont led the way for Truckee against the Lakers with 10 points, while Corrie Crom scored nine.

Lindsey Back posted eight points; Kim Hoopingarner, seven.

“We had really balanced scoring,” said Truckee coach Mike Merriman. “We shot the ball pretty well and made a lot of free throws. We played pretty well.”

Facing Fernley on Friday, however, was “a little different story,” Merriman said.

Truckee lost 53-39.

Though down just five at the end of the first, Fernley gradually widened the gap until the third period.

“In the third, we brought it back to within three, but they just took it away,” said Merriman. “We didn’t handle the ball or rebound very well.

“We went back to our old ways.”

Despite the fact Fernley is not considered a powerhouse, Merriman said they shot better than Truckee had expected they would.

Still, Hoopingarner led with 13 points, followed by Shannon Holland with eight.

Back and Crom each scored five points.

On Saturday, Truckee will face Whittell on the road (game time 1 p.m.).

Truckee beat Whittell once already this season.

“We beat them fairly easily,” Merriman said. “They have some decent players, but not a lot of depth, with only seven or eight girls playing.”

With approximately four weeks left in the regular season, the girls will take on Incline on the road, Fernley at home, Battle Mountain, Spring Creek and North Tahoe all on the road before playoffs.

Division finals are Feb. 19 and 20, while state is Feb. 24-27.

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