Lady Wolverines still in running for playoffs
Back-to-back losses last weekend didn’t help, but thanks to the generous NIAA 3A playoff format, which allows six teams into the Northern Zone Playoffs, the Lady Wolverines basketball team is still very much in the running for a postseason berth.
Despite losses to the Bishop Manogue Miners last Friday, and to the talented and scrappy Yerington Lions the next day, the Lady Wolverines are still half a game ahead of the North Tahoe Lakers for the sixth and final spot in the playoffs.
But holding onto that spot will not be easy, as the Lady Wolverines take the long bus ride to Winnemucca for back-to-back games against third-place Spring Creek and front runner Lowry this weekend.
Last Saturday, Truckee came within seven seconds of beating the Lady Lions, but were once again foiled by Brandee Smith. The ambidextrous Smith controlled the first game between the two teams in December with her three-point shooting, ball handling and passing.
On Saturday, she found a new way to beat the Wolverines, this time hitting a free throw with seven seconds left in overtime to put the Lions ahead for good.
The Lady Wolverines led 19-18 at halftime, but the Lions used a 13-8 run over the third quarter to take a 31-27 led into the fourth period.
Truckee tied the game and sent it to overtime, but the Lions won it from the charity stripe in the extra period.
Shove led all scorers on Saturday with 25 points. Smith had 24 for the Lions.
The night before, the Lady Wolverines fell to the Bishop Manogue Miners 42-35.
The Lady Lions have a firm hold on second place in the league, important because the top two teams get byes while seeds #3 through #6 play a first-round game. First-round winners go on to play the top seeds.
The top three teams to emerge from the tournament move on to the state championships at Lawlor Events Center in Reno on Feb. 21 and 22.