Girls’ varsity shaky in season opener |

Girls’ varsity shaky in season opener

Coming off a frustrating season that ended with a 2-12 conference record, the Truckee High School girls’ varsity basketball team started the new season in delirious fashion Tuesday night.

On a night saturated with offensive miscues, the Wolverines dropped their first game of 2003-2004 to the Loyalton High School Grizzlies, 52-34.

“The girls were a little nervous,” said Angelo Tenorio, in his inaugural season as a varsity head coach. “They turned the ball over way too many times. They weren’t concentrating and focusing on their passes, and the other team was capitalizing.”

Because of erratic passing and poor ball management, Truckee turned the ball over continuously and fell behind early. Loyalton maintained a comfortable lead throughout the game, cruising to an 18-point victory.

“We will work on our passing and ball-handling skills going into this weekend,” Tenorio said. “We need to be able to calm down and relax in game situations.

“They didn’t have a great season last year, and they didn’t win a lot of games. I think they’re just afraid to make mistakes right now.”

Loyalton was able to control the inside game using the presence of some bigger players, but Truckee’s downfall was missed shots. The Wolverines made just 25 percent of their shots, hitting 13 of 52 shots attempted.

Senior Emily Griesmer was the exception, shooting 3 for 5 from the field. In addition to going 3 for 4 from the foul line, Griesmer led the team with nine points and five rebounds.

Melissa Gadsby, also a senior, chipped in with six points. Senior Jacqueline Diaz scored five points, going 3 for 4 from the free-throw line.

Loyalton started the second half by scoring eight unanswered points to increase its lead to 35-20. The Wolverines could not recover.

Truckee will play in the Incline tournament this weekend, then host Pyramid Lake on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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