Girls’ squad improves in 56-34 win |

Girls’ squad improves in 56-34 win

Girls’ basketball coach Mike Merriman and his team will probably have a good Christmas this year, and for good reason.

Coming off a disappointing 3-4 season start, it seemed the team might not be able to live up to its previous successes and seniors or not, it just wasn’t putting on the press it takes to win games.

That was until last week.

At a home match Dec. 16, the girls team took a symbolic victory over Manogue, controlling the ball for a majority of the game and beating the Nevada-based squad 56-34.

It was a different team than the one that had made fundamental errors at the beginning of the season; turning the ball over too often and not getting aggressive enough with the press.

Merriman has consistently stressed the man-to-man game, and he got it against Manogue.

“It was a good game,” Merriman said Saturday. “We’re really moving the ball well now.”

Truckee went to the half with a 26-15 lead, but it was the third quarter when his team really started to explode.

Senior Jackie Robinson garnered 8 points in the third alone, Ali Back added five.

The Wolverine squad held Manogue to six points in the entire third quarter.

Robinson led the Wolverines with 16 points, Back had 10 and Tiffany Sahlman, Corrie Cromm and Sandy Thiel each posted five.

“We broke their press really well and got some good passes,” Merriman said.

The team takes a short break now for the holidays, but will return for league play against Incline Jan. 7. Merriman said he is encouraged by recent games and confident his team will continue its improved playing when league games begin.

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