Hoopsters send Incline reeling after two wins
Though one game was held in Incline Village and the other in Truckee, nothing could stop the TTHS boys’ and girls’ teams from shutting down their respective Highlander counterparts in wins for both Truckee teams Jan. 14.
The Wolverines’ boys’ squad traveled to Incline for a rematch of a pre-league game which Truckee had lost.
This time, Truckee won 65-49.
A first-quarter onslaught, led by Mark Logan with 12 points, put Truckee up 26-10 at the first buzzer.
Merek Poco put up seven in the first, along with three from Taylor Greene and two from both Cody Haas and Tom Cruz.
In the second, Logan and Poco contributed another two, and Haas earned four points, putting the Wolverines up 34-24 at the half.
By the third quarter, Logan resumed his attack with seven more, two of which were free throws.
Also in the third, Haas came on strong with nine points, while Cruz and Poco each added two, widening the gap to a 54-35 Truckee lead at the third buzzer.
Another five from Logan, three from Mike Detwiler, two from Greene and a free throw from Haas sealed the Truckee victory.
In the fourth, the TTHS squad was outscored 14-11, but it was too little, too late for the Highlanders, who lost by 16 points.
“It’s not really a surprise we beat them,” said head coach Mike Flohr. “Our defense played pretty well, and they (Incline) had a heck of a time getting through the press.”
Flohr said his team played much better this time, adding that the defense wasn’t as polished in the first Incline-Truckee meeting.
In total, Logan scored 26 points, Hass put up 14, Merek contributed 11 and Greene shot for five.
Cruz and Detwiler scored four and three, respectively.
The game against North Tahoe Tuesday night was after press time, and results were not available.
Before the game, Flohr was cautious to make predictions.
“They (North Tahoe) beat us before, and I was a little disappointed, the boys were real slack,” Flohr said. “North Tahoe played a good game, they were quick and scrappy. Hopefully we can beat them at home, but it will be a tough game. Either team could win this one.”
Should Truckee win, it will even its record to 5-5.
The girls’ squad played the same night, one-upping the boys with a 45-11 crushing of Incline at the Truckee gym.
No one girl on the TTHS team scored more than 10 points for the night; it was a team effort that brought the 34-point margin of victory home.
In the first quarter, Truckee’s Tiffany Sahlman put up three baskets for six points.
Ali and Lindsay Back each scored two, while Corrie Crom pitched in a free throw.
At the first buzzer, Truckee led 11-3, holding Incline to a single field goal, which came from Tessa Guy, Incline’s high scorer with six for the night.
Before the half, Truckee managed 12 more, with Grace Kennelly adding three baskets, while Shannon Holland and Sahlman scored two.
Kim Hoopingarner lived up to her name, garnering another hoop for the Wolverines.
At the half, Truckee was up 23-5.
The second half played similarly, with Ali Back tossing in four more points. Two more each came from Lindsey Back and Sandy Thiel.
It was 31-9 at the start of the fourth.
In the final quarter, Crom was good for another five points and Thiel and Robinson each scored three more.
Hoopingarner hit a free throw and Holland found the swish of the net with another two points.
“We like to see points scored,” said head coach Mike Merriman. “I’m not going to try to stifle the girls from taking shots.”
They apparently weren’t stifled a bit. Sahlman led the team with eight points for the night, while Kennelly, Ali Back and Crom each put up six.
Thiel shot five points in the game, and Lindsey Back and Holland each pitched in four.
With free throws and single baskets, Robinson and Hoopingarner each tipped in three for the night.
The girls improved to 5-4 with the win.
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