North Tahoe dashes post season hopes for Truckee boys
The intensity emanating from the crowd Wednesday night in the Truckee High gym meant that rival North Tahoe High was in town, and post season hopes were on the line.
The teams shared identical records, and both needed a win ” badly. The Lakers got it by a final score of 43-31.
“The bottom line is that we did not match [North Tahoe’s] intensity,” Truckee coach Keith Crawford said. “They were much more intense. We came out thinking that they were going to lay down for us, and it didn’t happen. It took us midway through the third quarter before we settled down.”
Despite the final score, the game was a seesaw battle from the opening jump and remained close until late in the fourth quarter. That’s when the Lakers’ Cameron Scott stepped up and began draining every shot he tossed up. About the same time, Truckee began struggling to get a good shot off.
“We just kept our composure, and everybody contributed,” said Scott, who finished with a game-high 17 points.
Truckee’s high-point man, Jamie Maehler, scored 10 points and blocked several shots, sending the crowd into a frenzy with each one. Maehler gave credit to the Lakers’ defense, which was one of the deciding factors down the stretch.
John Hooper, who scored nine points, was the only Truckee player with a hot shooting hand from outside. Hooper pinpointed the reasons for the loss.
“[North Tahoe] was more aggressive,” he said. “Nobody on our side was looking for a shot, and they just came out and outplayed us.”
Paul Tierney finished with three points, Brandon Peterson and Greg Shove each had two, and Drew Stewart and Jeff Hansen scored one apiece.
B.C. Lampman finished with 13 points for North Tahoe, Ken Munsterman had eight and Sam Fahner five.
Lakers coach Dave Hansen described the importance of the victory.
“This was an enormous win,” he said. “This is the biggest win for North Tahoe in at least five years. It was pivotal for us.”
The Wolverines can still make playoffs, but no longer control their own destiny. The window of opportunity is nearly closed, and for the Lakers, that window opened a bit wider.
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