Truckee basketball | Girls fall to league leaders |

Truckee basketball | Girls fall to league leaders

Truckee junior guard Tessa Manahan fights for possession against Elko on Saturday.
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Northern Division I-A standings


Team League         Overall

S. Creek          6-1     10-9

Elko   6-1     10-3

Fallon           5-1     7-7

Lowry           4-2     8-8

S. Tahoe           3-3     4-9

Truckee        2-3     2-9

Sparks          1-4     1-9

Fernley        1-5     5-9

Dayton          0-6     0-10

TRUCKEE — Truckee’s girls ran into some stiff competition from across the state this past weekend.

Despite playing well in spurts, the Wolverines dropped both Northern Division I-A contests against the league’s top two teams, 49-39 to Spring Creek on Friday and 65-30 to Elko on Saturday. Both opponents are 6-1 to lead the league standings.

“Playing Spring Creek and Elko two days in a row is tough,” said Truckee coach Dave Shalvis, whose Wolverines dropped to 2-4 in league. “But I felt like we ran with both of them pretty well.”

The Indians got off to a slow start Saturday — possibly due to their bus breaking down just inside the state line — and the Wolverines took advantage. Truckee trailed just 10-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Truckee sophomore point guard Sydney Mock broke through Elko’s full-court press and put in a layup to open the second quarter, shaving the lead to two points. But that was as close as the score got as the Indians built their lead to eight, 27-19, by the half.

“We got off to a little bit of a slow start, but they played much better in the second half,” said Elko coach Camille Larsen, adding that the Indians’ bus has now broken down twice this season. “We stepped off the bus and were playing, but not competing yet. The second half we competed.”

In addition to pestering the Wolverines with a full-court press, the Indians showed off their potent post game led by senior 6-footer Shayla Butterfield, who finished with a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds, as well as their accurate outside game led by guards Desirea Danner and Shay Digenan.

By the end of three quarters Elko had built its lead to 21 points, at 47-26, as the Indians held Truckee to just seven points in the quarter and four points in the fourth.

“Their coach got a little miffed at them, and then they got on track,” Shalvis said of the Indians.

Mock led the Wolverines with nine points, while sophomore Anais Fay scored eight, Kaylee Neill five and Lauren Peak three. Danner had 16 points for Elko and Digenan added 14.

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