Truckee basketball | Girls knocked out of postseason contention
Division I-A girls standings
xSpring Creek 12-2
South Tahoe 6-8
x – clinched playoff berth
The Truckee girls were eliminated from the postseason with a couple of losses against the league leaders, 60-37 at Spring Creek on Friday and 48-26 at Elko on Saturday.
Truckee stayed with Spring Creek early, leading 12-11 at the end of the first quarter. Spring Creek guard Shawntel Andersen caught fire in the second quarter, however, scoring 15 of her game-high 25 points to help lead the Spartans to a 32-19 by the half.
Things got further out of hand for Truckee after the break.
Andersen kept up her hot shooting and her teammates kept pace, pushing the Spartans to an effectively insurmountable 52-23 lead by the end of the third quarter. That 40-11 run over the second and third quarters proved to be too much for the Wolverines to overcome.
Spring Creek, which is second in the league standings, at 12-2, clinched a playoff berth while knocking out the Wolverines, who are 6-8 after the loss to Elko. Elko leads the league at 13-1 (its one loss was to Spring Creek).
The Wolverines could not stop the Railroaders on Saturday.
The Wolverines scored first as Sydney Mock drove hard to the basket and made a layup. She also converted the free throw to complete the three-point play, but it turned out to be the sophomore’s only points of the game as Elko’s defense kept Truckee’s leading scorer to just three points.
Desirea Danner, who finished with a career-high 20 points, and Shay Digenan got the Indians going as the hosts built a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter to a 23-14 advantage by the half.
The Wolverines closed the gap at one point late in the first half, as Andrea Bravo scored to pull within three with 3:04 left. But the Indians answered by scoring eight of the final 10 points of the second quarter.
Elko outscored Truckee 17-7 in the third quarter and 8-5 in the fourth to cruise to the win.
Truckee senior Cassandra Sawyer led the Wolverines with nine points.
The Wolverines host Dayton in their final home game Tuesday at 6 p.m. They end the season at Fernley on Saturday.
— Info courtesy of Martin Harris and Blake Samanas of the Elko Daily Free Press.