Lady Wolverines move into zone playoffs
They did it the hard way, but they did it nonetheless.
A 55-44 win over the North Tahoe Lakers on Saturday moved the Truckee Lady Wolverines basketball team into the NIAA 3A Northern Zone playoffs and extended their season for at least one more game.
The Lady Wolverines will now face third-seeded Spring Creek on Thursday at Lowry High School in Winnemucca. The winner of that game will move on to play second-seeded Yerington, who gets a first round bye.
A victory last Wednesday against Fernley would have clinched the sixth and final playoff spot for the Lady Wolverines, but they fell short against the Vaqueros, losing 47-43.
North Tahoe’s win against Fernley two nights later set up Saturday’s showdown for the final seat in the postseason.
But the Lady Wolverines saved one of their highest scoring quarters of the season for their last game against the rival Lakers, pouring in 17 points in the third quarter to open up a 23-18 halftime lead.
Truckee came out on fire in the second half, and after senior guard Lauren Gordon grabbed a rebound from an errant Lakers’ shot, raced past the mid court line and found a wide open Heather Shove under the basket, the Lakers trailed 32-21 and were forced to call timeout.
Truckee led by as many as 15 points at 40-25, but the young Lakers mounted a valiant comeback.
They scored the last four points of the quarter, and the first four of the fourth period to pull to within seven at 40-33.
But a Gordon 3-pointer with 6:33 left in the game and a lay up a minute later ended the Lakers run and their season.
Truckee led 13-9 after a well played first quarter. But the smooth and fluid play by both teams in the first quarter turned into sloppy, turnover prone play in the second.
In fact, the Lakers had more turnovers that shots. But their shooting from the free throw line, including 8-10 in the first half, kept them in the game.
Conversely, the Lady Wolverines struggled from the line, shooting only 2-12 in the first half.
And now that they are in the playoffs, if they are going to advance, they are likely going to have to shoot better from the charity stripe.