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Truckee basketball: Girls earn fourth playoff seed, boys eliminated

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Keith Sheffield/Sierra SunTruckee senior Katy Stephens combined to post 18 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists this past weekend.
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TRUCKEE ” The Truckee girls split a pair of home games this past weekend to end the regular season, beating third-place Lowry 55-45 Friday night and falling to league-leading Spring Creek 65-41 the next day.

Truckee, which finished 7-5 in league play, will enter the Northern 3A Regional Tournament at Reed High School on Thursday as the fourth seed.

The Wolverines open with a quarterfinal against fifth-seeded Fernley (5-7), a team Truckee defeated twice during the regular season. The winner advances to play top-seeded Spring Creek, which earned a first-round bye with a perfect 12-0 league mark, at Reed on Friday.

On the other side of the bracket, third-seeded Lowry (8-4) plays sixth-seeded Dayton (2-10) on Thursday, with the winner advancing to play second-seeded Yerington (8-4) in a semifinal on Friday.

The Northern 3A championship is scheduled for Saturday at the same venue at noon.

Celebrating senior farewell Friday night, the Wolverines gave their sizable home crowd plenty to cheer about in an action-packed win over the Buckaroos.

“It was very exciting,” said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio. “It was a very emotional night for the kids, and everybody played incredibly well, especially the bench. I’m very proud of the whole team.”

Senior Michelle Hoehn led the Wolverines with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Megan Shalvis had 11 points, eight assists and six blocks, and Katy Stephens 10 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Mollie Askin contributed six points and Chelsea Cordell four.

Truckee played Spring Creek tough in the opening minutes Saturday, but the Spartans took control late in the first quarter with their size and athleticism. Spring Creek scored nearly all its points in the paint, taking advantage of its trio of tall post players, while keeping Truckee’s offense in check on the other end with an effective zone defense.

Hoehn scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Truckee, and Stephens finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists. Shalvis and Annie Rodriguez contributed five points apiece. Spring Creek’s Lacey Rider had a game-high 17 points.

Truckee’s boys lost a hard-fought battle with Lowry, 61-53, on Friday night and followed with a 73-62 loss to Spring Creek on Saturday to end its regular season.

The Wolverines, who finished 3-9 in the Northern 3A and 8-13 overall, needed to win both games to secure the final playoff seed after Fernley (4-8) defeated Yerington on Friday.

The effort was there, anyway, as the young Truckee team scrapped from 13 points down early in the second half against Lowry (8-4) to take a three-point lead early in the fourth. But after two lead swaps, the Buckaroos went ahead 51-50 with 2:05 remaining and slowly pulled away as Truckee resorted to fouling to stop the clock.

Senior post player Flynn Rice was a key part of Truckee’s comeback run in the second half, as he muscled up under the basket to score 13 of his team-high 17 points the final two quarters. Ben Bolton and James DePew finished with 10 points apiece, and Matt Hoehn added six points for Truckee.

Lowry’s Danny Westfall scored a game-high 18 points.

Truckee played Spring Creek (6-6) tough in the opening quarter Saturday, leading most of the way before the Spartans went on a 7-0 run to end the quarter with a 15-14 lead.

Spring Creek added to its lead in the second quarter, gaining a 37-25 advantage by the half after a Truckee player was ejected and another airballed an attempted granny shot at the free-throw line.

The Truckee girls play Fernley in a Northern 3A quarterfinal at Reed High School on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. Go to http://www.niaa.com for tournament bracket information.

Girls

1. Sp. Creek 12-0

2. Yerington 8-4

3. Lowry 8-4

4. Truckee 7-5

5. Fernley 5-7

6. Dayton 2-10

7. Sparks 0-12

Boys

1. Dayton 8-4

2. Sparks 8-4

3. Lowry 8-4

4. Sp. Creek 6-6

5. Yerington 5-7

6. Fernley 4-8

7. Truckee 3-9


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