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Manogue beats Truckee 44-31

LARA MULLIN, Sierra Sun

In a frustrating game that Coach Mike Merriman broke down to “a total lack of concentration,” the lady Wolverine basketball team lost to Manogue on Tuesday night 44-31.

Mirroring the pattern of the boys varsity game, the ladies came out tough at the onset of play, ending the first quarter at an even 12-12 with the Miners. In the second quarter, the Miners pulled ahead, working through the Wolverine defense and finding the basket to end the first half up by six points.

Both teams came out shooting in the third quarter, as the Wolverine offense led by Heather Shove with 13 points and Lauren Gordon with 10 scored 14 points in the third, bringing the score to 36-30 with eight minutes left to play.

Committing multiple turnovers, the Wolverines lost possession repeatedly in the fourth and scored only one point in the final quarter. This allowed the Miners to pull into a comfortable 13 point lead, finishing the Wolverine efforts for the evening.

Keely Carollo and Natalie Pratt also added to the Wolverines’ total score with six and two points respectively, though their effort was not enough in the face of a solid Miner team. Truckee shot 3 for 10 from the free throw line and failed to score a single three-pointer the entire game.

“It is not ability, because we have the skills to win – we are just not staying in the game mentally,” Coach Merriman added.

The lady Wolverines have struggled with turnovers in their last three games and lost to Yerington and Dayton last weekend after playing well in the first half of play. In Saturday’s game against the Lions, Truckee was up by seven points with only 50 seconds to go in the first half. Due to turnovers and loose defense, the Lions pulled within three points of the Wolverines before the half.

TNT’s offense kept the game alive with scoring by nearly every member of the team. Heather Shove topped the charts with 15 points followed by Gordon with eight, Teal Cutter with five, Natalie Pratt and Keely Carollo with four points apiece, and two points each for Ashley Long and Emily DeCarlo.

Despite a 10 point lead at the start of the fourth quarter, the Miners pulled out the win scoring 20 points while the Wolverines only managed six. Truckee lost in a disappointing final 44-40.

Merriman and his team will host Lowry and Spring Creek this weekend at home.


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