Truckee basketball | Girls fall to visiting Greenwave
Northern Division I-A girls basketball standings
Spring Creek 3-1
South Tahoe 1-3
TRUCKEE — The Truckee girls matched visiting Fallon early in Friday’s Division I-A contest, even leading a good portion of the opening quarter.
But the Greenwave edged ahead with strong second and third quarters, and the Wolverines never recovered in a 48-41 loss.
“I thought we did really well. If we could get healthy, we can run with the best of them,” said Truckee coach Dave Shalvis, whose Wolverines were missing Tessa Manahan, while Marcelle Reynaud was nursing an injured knee and a handful of other players were battling sickness.
The game seemed destined for a close finish after the teams swapped leads on three occasions in the opening quarter, with the Wolverines jumping ahead 9-6 after a steal by Sydney Mock and fast-break assist to Reynaud.
Fallon scored the final four points of the quarter to take a 10-9 lead.
Truckee senior Kaylee Neill opened the second quarter by draining the first of her three 3-pointers in the game, putting the Wolverines up 12-10.
The edge was short-lived, however, as Ali Tedford drove in for a layup and Gabby Sharpe hit a 3 to put the Greenwave up for the duration. Fallon used its size advantage in the post and tight man-to-man defense to extend its margin to 26-19 by the half.
Sharpe made sure the Greenwave maintained their lead after the break. The senior began the third quarter with consecutive buckets from mid range and scored nine of her 12 points in the quarter, including a 3-pointer immediately after Neill cut the lead to 39-31 with her second 3 of the period.
Mock ended the quarter with a drive and finish in traffic as Fallon carried a 42-33 advantage into the fourth. Mock also impressed the home crowd early in the second half with a nifty spin move around a Fallon forward before converting a layup on a fast break.
Fallon pulled ahead by as many as 13 points early in the fourth, following back-to-back scores by Hannah Lindsay and Shelby Smith, but Mock and Neill answered with a pair of free throws and a slashing drive to cut the deficit back to nine.
The Wolverines could not close the gap in the final minutes as the Greenwave patiently passed the ball around the perimeter to eat clock and Truckee did not foul.
Tedford scored a game-high 16 points to lead Fallon, while Sharpe scored 12 and Lindsay nine. Neill led the Wolverines with 14 points. Mock added 12 points, Anais Fay had eight and Reynaud four.
Truckee, which lost by a nearly identical score, 48-40, at Lowry on Saturday, is 2-2 in league and 2-7 overall. Fallon, which dropped a nonleague game at Douglas on Saturday, is 2-1 in league and 4-7 overall.
With her Wolverines banged up and shorthanded — Neill rolled her ankle at Lowry — Mock stepped up with a 31-point performance against the Buckaroos. Shalvis said the sophomore guard was attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line, where she converted 12 of her 17 attempts.
Fay scored four points in the game.
The Wolverines are scheduled to host Spring Creek (3-1) on Friday at 6 p.m. and Elko (3-0) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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