Hoops: Truckee teams split weekend games
In a Northern 3A division that had no clear favorites when the season started, the Truckee Wolverines found out on Friday night which team can now claim that title.
A surging Yerington (11-1, 3-0) team, led by its strong guard play, visited Truckee and came away with a 64-54 win, handing the Wolverines (4-6, 2-1) their first league loss of the season.
“Their guards are head and shoulders above the other guards in the 3A,” said Truckee head coach Keith Crawford. “They can shoot, and they’re really quick. (Yerington is) definitely the team to beat in the Northern 3A.”
However, Crawford added he was proud of the way his defense contained the guards, and Truckee trailed by only three points with two minutes left before Yerington pulled away.
“We just ran out of gas,” Crawford said. “We didn’t get a defensive stop, and at that point, we had to start fouling to get the ball back on offense.”
Yerington was 11-of-16 from the line in the game. Truckee senior Jamie Maehler scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards, and Paul Tierney chipped in with 10 points.
Yerington downed North Tahoe on Saturday to remain undefeated in the Northern 3A. Meanwhile, Truckee rebounded with its first win at Fernley (2-8, 0-3) in four seasons, Crawford said. In a 64-51 victory, Truckee’s pressure defense was too much for the Vaqueros.
“My guys are finally understanding the concept that defense wins games,” Crawford said. “Our defensive pressure rattled Fernley in the first half.”
On offense, Crawford said Truckee has relied more on its inside game recently. Maehler, a 6-foot-4 post player, scored 11 points to go along with nine rebounds against Fernley.
“My shooters are struggling, so we’re more of an inside-outside offense right now,” Crawford said.
Junior Brandon Peterson added 12 points for Truckee, going 6-of-7 from the free throw line. The Wolverines were 18-of-28 from the foul line.
Truckee plays at Incline (JV 4:30 p.m./varsity 7:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, Dec. 21.
NORTHERN 3A STANDINGS
– Boys’ basketball
Yerington 3-0 11-1
Dayton 1-0 7-2
Spring Creek 1-0 5-3
Truckee 2-1 4-6
North Tahoe 1-2 6-5
Sparks 1-2 2-3
Incline 0-0 2-7
Lowry 0-1 3-10
Fernley 0-3 2-8
– On Saturday, the Fernley Vaqueros (5-2, 3-0) ended Truckee’s five-game winning streak and handed the Wolverines (7-3, 2-1) their first Northern 3A loss, 49-45.
In the loss, Truckee center Katie Malone scored 17 and had eight rebounds and two steals. Jesse Lamm had eight rebounds, three steals and six points.
– Behind double-digit scoring performances by Malone (12), Kelly Stephens (11) and Katie Donaldson (10), the Wolverines downed Yerington (2-4, 0-2) 63-26 at home on Friday night.
The Wolverines’ defense did not allow Yerington to score more than nine points in any quarter. Stephens had six steals for a Wolverines squad that had 20 steals as a team. See box score below:
Truckee 63, Yerington 26
Yerington 4 8 9 5″ 26
Truckee 15 12 19 17″ 63
Yerington: Helme 8, Dotson 4, Hurt 2, Gabrielson 2, Pellequin 2, Ireland 6, Scalani 2. Fouls: 8.
Truckee: Malone 12, Stephens 11 (5-6 FTs), Donaldson 10, Lamm 2, Rice 6, Turner 2, Richards 6, Mincey 8 (1-4 FTs), Thorsby 6. 3-pointers: Mincey. Fouls: 12.
JV: Truckee 59, Yerington 15.
Truckee plays at Incline (JV 3 p.m./varsity 6 p.m.) on Tuesday, Dec. 21.
NORTHERN 3A STANDINGS
– Girls’ basketball
Fernley 3-0 5-2
Spring Creek 1-0 9-0
Lowry 1-0 5-3
Dayton 1-0 6-4
Truckee 2-1 7-3
Incline 0-0 2-5
Yerington 0-2 2-4
North Tahoe 0-2 0-6
Sparks 0-3 0-11
The Truckee junior varsity boys (8-2, 3-0) earned two come-from-behind wins over the weekend.
On Friday night versus Yerington, down by four at the half, Truckee rallied to outscore the Lions 32-8 in the second half and win 57-37. The Truckee defense held Yerington to two points in the third quarter and six points in the fourth quarter.
Cory Hoehn scored 13 points, and was 7-of-10 from the free throw line, netting 6-of-8 in the final period. Hoehn also grabbed 15 rebounds. Dylan Seacrest had 13 points and two rebounds.
On Saturday at Fernley, the wolverines found themselves in a duplication of Friday’s game versus Yerington. Down by seven at halftime, the Wolverines rallied to outscore the Vaqueros 28-10 in the second half to win 46-35.
Cole Froelich and Hoehn led a third quarter charge that gave Truckee a 29-28 lead. Froelich scored four points and Hoehn had five in the period. In the fourth, Truckee outscored Fernley 17-7 to earn the victory.
Froelich and Jeremy Adams sparked the team with three-pointers. Fernley’s Wagner scored 15 points in the first half, but the Truckee defense kept him scoreless the rest of the game. Hoehn scored 11 points and had three blocked shots.