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Lady Wolverines hit stride as postseason nears

With one game remaining in the regular season, the Truckee girls’ basketball team appears to be peaking at the right time.

The Lady Wolverines picked up a pair of big road wins last weekend against Spring Creek and Elko, before returning home Tuesday night and blowing out Sparks for their sixth straight win.

“The girls have just been playing really well lately,” said Coach David Shalvis. “They’ve been playing solid ball, and team basketball.”

Truckee picked up one of its biggest wins of the year last Friday, coming away with a dramatic 48-47 victory on the road against second-place Spring Creek.

The girls trailed 45-41 late in the game, according to a report from The Elko Daily Free Press, until sophomore Annika Thayer pulled down an offensive rebound and banked in a basket, pulling the Wolverines to within two points.

The Spartans dropped in a pair of free throws, but with less than a minute left, sophomore guard Emma Cooley drilled a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one point.

As Spring Creek looked to kill the remaining time on the clock, Thayer poked the ball the ball loose. Sophomore Lauren Tanner came up with the loose ball, and then found Thayer streaking ahead for the go-ahead basket with 7.5 seconds left. The Wolverines defense then managed to prevent the Spartans from getting a shot up as time expired.

Senior Ava Seelenfreund led Truckee with 12 points. Thayer scored 11 points, hauled in a team-high 15 rebounds, and swatted three shots. Freshman Ryan Flynn added nine points on 3 of 5 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. Cooley finished her night with six points, coming off a pair of 3-pointers. Tanner finished the game with 10 rebounds.

The girls then traveled to Elko the following day and rode the momentum of the prior night’s victory to a 66-60 win against the Indians.

Seelenfreund dropped a season-high 29 points on 10 of 18 shooting. Cooley added 12 points, which included a 3 of 5 shooting performance from beyond the arc. Thayer blocked eight shots on the afternoon, pulled down 11 rebounds, and scored eight points.

The team then returned home on Tuesday night, and pounded Sparks, 62-19, for the squad’s sixth straight win.

Seelenfreund again led Truckee with 16 points. Thayer added 11 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Senior Tommi Jepsen dished out six assists and had five steals.

Truckee (19-5, 12-5 Northern League) will close out the regular season on Thursday at home against North Valleys (5-21, 4-13 Northern League). The Wolverines beat the Panthers 64-19 earlier in the year.

Truckee has already locked up a playoff berth for this year’s Class 3A Northern League tournament.

Barring unlikely losses by Spring Creek and Lowry in the final games of the regular season, Truckee will enter the six-team tournament as the No. 4 seed, which will mean a matchup against Fernley in the first round. The girls topped the Lady Vaqueros in both meetings this season.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.

With one game remaining in the regular season, the Truckee girls’ basketball team appears to be peaking at the right time.

The Lady Wolverines picked up a pair of big road wins last weekend against Spring Creek and Elko, before returning home Tuesday night and blowing out Sparks for their sixth-straight win.

“The girls have just been playing really well lately,” said Coach David Shalvis. “They’ve been playing solid ball, and team basketball.”

Truckee picked up one of its biggest wins of the year last Friday, coming away with a dramatic 48-47 victory on the road against second-place Spring Creek.

Senior Ava Seelenfreund led Truckee with 12 points. Thayer scored 11 points, hauled in a team-high 15 rebounds, and swatted three shots. Freshman Ryan Flynn added nine points on 3 of 5 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. Cooley finished her night with six points, coming off a pair of 3-pointers. Tanner finished the game with 10 rebounds.

The girls then traveled to Elko the following day and rode the momentum of the prior night’s victory to a 66-60 win against the Indians.

Seelenfreund dropped a season-high 29 points on 10 of 18 shooting. Cooley added 12 points, which included a 3 of 5 shooting performance from beyond the arc. Thayer blocked eight shots on the afternoon, pulled down 11 rebounds, and scored eight points.

The team then returned home on Tuesday night, and pounded Sparks, 62-19, for the squad’s sixth straight win.

Seelenfreund again led Truckee with 16 points. Thayer added 11 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Senior Tommi Jepsen dished out six assists and had five steals.

Truckee (19-5, 12-5 Northern League) will close out the regular season on Thursday at home against North Valleys (5-21, 4-13 Northern League). The Wolverines beat the Panthers 64-19 earlier in the year.

Truckee has already locked up a playoff berth for this year’s Class 3A Northern League tournament.

Barring unlikely losses by Spring Creek and Lowry in the final games of the regular season, Truckee will enter the six-team tournament as the No. 4 seed, which will mean a matchup against Fernley in the first round. The girls topped the Lady Vaqueros in both meetings this season.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.