Truckee basketball | Girls come up just short against North Valleys

Staff report

The Truckee girls basketball team dropped a close nonleague game to visiting North Valleys on Wednesday, 48-42.

The Wolverines gave the Division I school all it could handle, leading 37-36 midway through the fourth quarter, but they could not manage to fend off the Panthers down the stretch.

North Valleys senior Taylor Dockter banked in an off-balanced 3-pointer late in the game to help put Truckee away, while 5-11 senior Haley Bowen poured in 25 points for the Panthers to lead all scorers.

“She’s probably the most underrated player in Reno,” Truckee coach Geoff Stephens said of Bowen. “She gets lost behind the kids from the big four (Reed, Reno, Spanish Springs and Bishop Manogue). She shoots the 3, drives and posts well.”

Truckee senior Sydnie led the Wolverines with 17 points, and senior Jackie Bolton scored nine points.

“Everyone played hard,” Stephens said, adding that English, Bolton, Cassandra Sawyer and Lauren Peak all hit the boards “really hard.”

English pulled down five offensive rebounds, while Diana Rosas, Karina Nunez and Ashley Harris played solid defense in the zone and had four steals between them, Stephens said. Senior point guard Katey Hamill dished out six assist and had four steals to go along with her one 3-pointer.

“We can beat them,” Stephens said of North Valleys. “But we still turned the ball over too much.”

UP NEXT: The Truckee boys and girls basketball teams both hosted Incline to kick off Mount Rose League play Thursday night, but the games ended too late for publication. The Wolverines play at North Tahoe on Friday, girls at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30. Truckee then hosts Whittell on Tuesday.

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