Girls suffer losses to Dayton, Bishop Manogue
With just one win in league play and a roster that includes as many illnesses as players, last weekend’s losses weren’t fun for an already battered Wolverines girls’ basketball team.
In losses against fifth place Dayton, 5-7 (9-14 overall), on Wednesday and first place Bishop Manogue, 11-1 (16-8 overall), on Saturday the season is all but finished for the 1-10 (3-13 overall) THS girls.
Dayton won 56-39 and Manogue went back home after a similar victory: 59-39. With only two games left and four games behind sixth place Fernley, there are no hopes of making it to zone.
“Hopefully, we’ll win, but we have (two) of the toughest games left,” India Millholen said.
The health of the team was so bad that Merriman brought up two jayvee players: Felicia Tenorio and Corina Mincey, who scored five points.
“They did a good job,” Merriman said.
Against Dayton, Froelich led with 11 points while Diaz had six but contributed more than that.
“(Diaz) played a solid game,” Merriman said.
But poor free throw shooting caught up with them again. They were 7 of 20 from the line, while Dayton was 17 of 25.
“It was closer than this score indicates,” Merriman said.
Against Bishop Manogue, cold and flu season caught up with them again, taking their wind and endurance.
The first period started with Manogue blowing Truckee out.
“I don’t think any of us were ready, physically or mentally,” Hewitt said. “We just weren’t into the game.”
But after that, they were able to step it up and trade shots with the Miners. It was too little, too late.
“These girls are just sick enough that when they get behind they collapse,” Merriman said.
But their hearts aren’t questioned.
“They have not quit, they’ve played very hard,” Merriman said. “You can’t ask for more.”
Saturday afternoon only reaped similar results for the ill Wolverines. The Miners kept up a full court press until 14.3 seconds left in the game, all to the expense of Truckee.
“We were way too sick to even be out there,” Millholen said. “The whole team – I’m not kidding.”
In the Manogue game, Gadsby led with 10 points, followed by Kristena Rump with six while 11 players on the roster scored at least one point. Team free throws improved at seven for nine, but the Miners shot 14 of 24 from the line.
Facing the elimination of any hope for zones, Truckee is looking for steam.
“We’ve only won one game (in league),” Hewitt said. “It’s hard to have self-confidence.”
Now that reality has smacked them in the face, they’re approaching it with a little different attitude.
“We’ll just have fun with it,” Hewitt said. “We can’t do anything about it.”