Truckee basketball | Boys, girls take down Whittell at home

Staff report

Both Truckee basketball teams defeated visiting Whittell on Tuesday night, as the girls rolled to a 53-23 rout before the boys won a physical game, 50-44.

Following two wins in which the Truckee girls started out slowly, the Wolverines wanted to get ahead early and keep it that way against the Warriors, which they were able to do with a full-court press and pressure man-to-man defense.

After building a big lead, they took the press off in the second quarter but continued to play pressure man until the middle of the third quarter, when they switched to a zone.

Ten of the 11 Truckee players scored, with Sydnie English leading the way with 18 points, Ashley Harris scoring seven and Katey Hamill six. Olivia Duner returned from an injury to provide quality minutes off the bench, said Truckee coach Geoff Stephens, adding that every played defended well.

The flu bug hit shortly before game time, which sidelined senior center Jackie Bolton and slowed down several other players. Kate Traeger, Kaylee Neill, Cassandra Sawyer and Duner scored four points apiece, while Diana Rosas, Karina Nunez and Lauren Peak chipped in a basket a piece. Lorena De Michelli had a steal and assist.

Not surprisingly, Whittell shot the ball well from the perimeter as Emily Harris hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter en route to a team-high 13 points.

In the boys contest, Nick Oberriter make the key save of the game with 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter by diving out of bounds and throwing the ball off a Whittell player.

“We were only two points ahead at the time, and it gave us the momentum we needed to assert ourselves at the end,” said Truckee head coach Patrick Irvin. –

Unfortunately for Oberriter, he was injured on the play and had to leave the game after colliding with the bleachers. Before his exit, however, he scored eight points and hit two key 3-pointers against the Warriors’ zone defense.

Adam Morgan and David Burnham each scored 15 points to lead the Wolverines.

UP NEXT: The Wolverines are scheduled to play at Sparks on Saturday and host South Tahoe on Tuesday, girls at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30.

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