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On the rebound after losses

JAMES BALL, Sierra Sun

One big win and two losses, all with with implications was the story for the Tahoe-Truckee High School girls’ basketball team last week.

A Feb. 2 51-44 home loss to Fernley marked a big win for the Vaqueros, who’s Jamie Wagner led with 25 points. Fernley’s Natalie Gonzalez poured in 19 points, adding to the damage.

Truckee’s Kim Hoopingarner (at right) came out with nine points, but it wasn’t enough for a Wolverine victory.

While Truckee was 7-13 from the free throw line, Fernley was 16-26.

“Yeah, that was a big loss,” said Truckee coach Mike Merriman.

It also gives Truckee an uphill battle in upcoming zone play when it will again face Fernley.

“We though if we beat them once there would be some doubt in their minds,” Merriman said.

Instead, he suggested, Fernley will own the psychological advantage in the next pairing.

On Friday, the Wolverines took on Battle Mountain on the road, winning in a big way, 61-42.

“It was a good game,” Merriman said.

With a minute left in the third period, Battle Mountain fought back to within a point, but Truckee exploded in the fourth, posting 26 points in a single quarter.

Lindsey Back led with 17 points; Becca Shook garnered 13, while Hoopingarner shot for 11.

Speaking of the Battle Mountain squad, Merriman said “they don’t handle the ball all that well. We had pressed successfully in the first, but we dropped it off because of foul trouble, so we picked it up again in the fourth.”

And it seems to have worked, with Truckee scoring 15 points in the first three minutes of the fourth.

On Saturday, the TTHS girls fell to Spring Creek 55-28.

“We basically didn’t have anything left,” he said. “We couldn’t get anything started. We came out cold, scoring only four points in the first quarter.”

At the first buzzer, Spring Creek was up 13-4; by the end of the half, Truckee was down by 10.

From there, it went downhill.

“They press a lot,” Merriman said. “It was not pretty.”

Shook scored 10; Corrie Crom and back each shot for eight, and Erin DeMont picked up two.

A game originally scheduled for Tuesday at North Tahoe was rescheduled for Wednesday, but results were not available at press time.

After that, Truckee will begin zone play as the third seed.

The Wolverines will square off against the loser of the Fernley/Spring Creek game next week.

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