Truckee basketball | Girls, boys start seasons 2-1 in tourney play
With only six days of practice under its belt, the Truckee girls’ basketball team finished 2-1 and placed third in the Lowry Invitational this past weekend.
Truckee opened the tournament with a 49-34 win against 4A Hug on Thursday. The Wolverines followed that up with a tough 49-42 loss to Virgin Valley of the Southern 3A in the semifinal round Friday before defeating Wooster 37-20 in the third-place game to end the tournament.
The Hug game was a seesaw battle in which neither team led by more than three points. The Wolverines then broke open the game open in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter.
Led by Savannah Graham with some timely offense in the first half and Jackie Bolton’s exceptional zone defense in the second half, Truckee worked through the early-game jitters. Senior center Aleigh Krug posted a team-high 17 points, Sydnie English followed with 10 points and Claire Roberts chipped in five points.
Against Virgin Valley, which was last year’s Southern 3A representative in the state championship, Truckee started slowly and trailed by 11 points at the half.
The Wolverines cut the lead to a single point late in the third quarter. They had several opportunities to take the lead in the fourth quarter but ran out of gas in the end.
Truckee was led by Katey Hamill’s point guard play, while tough rebounding by Krysta Murphy complemented an all-around impressive game by Krug, who scored 19 points and had several blocked shots.
The Wolverines ended the tournament on a high note with a win against Wooster. Truckee came out flat in the first quarter and was down 11-1. The girls soon found their energy, however, as they went on to shut out the Colts in the second quarter while outscoring them 36-9 the rest of the game.
A signature two-thirds zone provided the spark and calmness for the girls to regroup and find their game tempo, said Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens.
Eight players scored for Truckee. Ashley Harris contributed four points to the win and Carly Maurer had two. Krug, who was selected to the All-Tournament Team, had another big game to help lead the Wolverines to victory.
The Truckee boys’ basketball team went 2-1 in the season-opening Quincy Tournament this past weekend.
The Wolverines began the tournament with a 57-26 win over Portola on Thursday. They suffered a 50-35 loss to Lassen on Friday and got back on the winning track with a 66-37 victory against Quincy on Saturday.
Against Portola, Trent McMullen led the Wolverines with 15 points, while Zak Pettit scored eight points and Graham Millie seven points. Millie scored 10 points in the loss to Lassen and Nash McMullen six points as the Wolverines did not play well, said coach Angelo Tenorio.
Trent McMullen posted a team-high 16 points against Quincy. Millie contributed 10 points and Erik Holmer and David Burnham both had six points.
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