Lady Wolverines has a split weekend
The THS girls’ basketball team split the weekend against two division foes. Friday, the team won over Yerington 54-40 and in Saturday’s home opener, lost 44-38 against Dayton (1-1 league, 4-8 overall).
Rump led Truckee (1-1, 2-4) with 16 points against Dayton, followed by Melissa Gadsby with nine points, including a three-pointer.
Despite the loss, their coach was pleased with his team.
“Kristena Rump played well, Melissa Gadsby played well – she’s a good shooter,” coach Mike Merriman said. “And Jessie Turner has been playing real hard.”
One major problem has been from the free-throw line. Against Yerington (0-1, 2-6), they shot only 12 of 31. But against Dayton, the problem finally caught up with them when they went 9 of 27 from the line and lost by six.
“Last year, every game we lost, we got hammered at the free-throw line,” Merriman said. “Even if we shoot 50 percent, we win this game by a couple points.
“That’s our biggest letdown offensively right now.”
But they’re not alone with troubles from the line – Dayton was only 6 of 15 for Saturday’s game.
“We could have made more shots, but we did good besides that,” Turner said. “We do pretty good with our free throws in practice.”
“We were a lot more intense (against Yerington),” Kaci LaPoint said. “We were out-hustled.
“We were definitely the better team.”
Turner carried the team against Yerington with 14 points from the center position.
“She has to do a lot, we’re not the tallest team in the world,” Merriman said.
Rump had 10 points and nine of the girls on the roster scored at least once against Yerington.
Up next for the girls is a match against North Tahoe (1-1, 2-7) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Truckee. Wednesday night’s game against Bishop Manogue was unreported.