Truckee basketball: Girls drop opener to Bear River
The Truckee girls are scheduled to play at Elko and Spring this Friday and Saturday, while the boys are scheduled to host the same teams Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
TRUCKEE — The Truckee girls hung with visiting Bear River early but could not keep pace in a 44-32 season-opening loss on Tuesday.
“Just getting the jitters out. I think we’ll be fine,” Truckee coach Dave Shalvis said.
The Wolverines swapped leads with the Bruins (3-3) in the opening minutes thanks to a hot start by senior point guard Sydney Mock, who scored 10 points in the first quarter en route to a game-high 19.
The visitors, who capitalized on their size advantage in the post, steadily pulled away after Truckee’s promising start, extending a 16-14 first-quarter lead to 27-21 by the half and 35-25 after three quarters.
Bear River led by as many as 17 late in the fourth quarter, before Mock converted a three-point play and Izzy Abarno scored two of her four points with a bucket in the post.
With Truckee struggling to find its offensive rhythm, Shalvis used his timeouts liberally to coach up his team.
“They know what they should be doing. When we runs our plays together, things go right. They were just afraid to make a mistake,” he said.
Mock got the Bruins’ attention in a hurry. The slick-handling, 5-foot-3 point guard scored the Wolverines’ first five points and 10 of their first 14, mostly with slashes to the hoop.
“Sydney is our captain out there,” Shalvis said. “She runs the floor for us.”
Mock and senior guard Adela Ortiz hit back-to-back three-pointers to close the first quarter — with Ortiz’s banking in at the buzzer — to cut Bear River’s lead to two, 16-14. The Bruins went on a 7-1 run at the start the second quarter and an 8-2 run in the third for a double-digit lead that they did not relinquish.
Junior forward Maddie Monson contributed four points, three steals and a team-high six rebounds, Ortiz had three points, and Maddie Stewart scored two. Abarno added five rebounds and Mock had four.
Senior forward Kaely Rath led Bear River with 13 points, and Ashlee Albee scored 10.
Boys drop road game
In similar fashion to the girls game, the Truckee boys trailed by only two points after one quarter at Bear River on Tuesday, 17-15, but went on to lose 72-39.
Ten different players scored for the Bruins, led by senior point guard David O’Brien’s 28 points. Truckee stats were not available.
The Wolverines are now 1-3 on the season.