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Lady Wolverine Basketball: Vikings’ treys down Wolverines

LARA MULLIN

Sierra Sun

Maybe the heat needs to be turned up in the Tahoe-Truckee High School gymnasium. Because the Lady Wolverines basketball team, like the boys’ team, was cold from the floor in last Tueday’s 62-40 loss to 4A school South Tahoe. Mike Merriman’s Lady Wolverines will join the plight of the boys’ varsity team as they regroup after a difficult loss.

The Vikings came, saw, and conquered the Wolverines in the first game of the season at TNT. The Truckee ladies experienced difficulty running their offense, looking at times as if they were at a loss for where to go.

Merriman was “disappointed” with his team’s play, shooting under 50 percent in free throws as the team went 12-of-28 from the charity stripe. Both man and zone defense were executed well, Merriman notes, as the majority of South Tahoe’s points were not scored inside, but rather from the field.

The Wolverines controlled the low- and high-post, forcing the Vikings to take shots from the three point line. This proved deadly as the Vikings, led by Lindsey Hitt’s four three-pointers and 20 points, dropped in six shots from behind the arc. This defensive strategy is usually effective against opponents with weaker shooting capabilities, yet the Vikings ensured their victory with consistent three-point baskets.

Two other Vikings managed to score in double figures as South Tahoe blew open the game in the second half. Although the Wolverines were only down five at the end of one quarter and ten at half, the Vikings pushed their lead to 20 points by the end of the quarters and coasted to victory.

“We simply didn’t expect the three’s,” said Merriman.

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