Truckee basketball | Girls recover from slow start to rout Incline
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The visiting Incline girls’ basketball team had Truckee on its heels through one quarter of Tuesday’s Mount Rose League matchup. But not after that.The Wolverines’ size and skill caught up to the Highlanders after their hot start, and Truckee turned a first-half deficit into a 53-35 win to remain undefeated in league play.andamp;#8220;We had some man-to-man matchup problems, particularly with their No. 23,andamp;#8221; said Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens, referring to senior point guard Tori O’Connor and her 11-point first quarter. andamp;#8220;Once we went to the zone, we were able to shut her down, and once we were able to do that, we settled in.andamp;#8221;Mainly because of O’Connor, who converted layups on several slashing drives, Stephens switched to the zone defense late in the first quarter, which ended in a 15-7 Incline lead. After the change, Truckee slowed Incline’s scoring pace while posting the first six points of the second quarter to pull to within two points. Incline responded with a three-pointer off the backboard and a bucket in the paint, but the Wolverines finished the half on an 8-0 run, which was part of a 14-5 run in the quarter, to take a 21-20 lead into the break. Senior center Aleigh Krug scored six of the eight points on the run, while senior post Krysta Murphy andamp;#8212; whom Stephens called the Wolverines’ andamp;#8220;anchorandamp;#8221; with her rebounding ability andamp;#8212; scored the other basket on a putback.andamp;#8220;I was surprised to be up by one,andamp;#8221; Stephens conceded.The trend continued after the half, as Truckee went on to outscore Incline 16-3 in the third quarter to take a commanding 37-23 lead. Krug and senior guard Sassy Graham made the difference, scoring all but two of Truckee’s points in the quarter. Graham started the quarter by draining two open shots from the perimeter, and Krug used her size and shooting touch to post 10 of her game-high 25 points.andamp;#8220;You’ve got to give her (Krug) credit,andamp;#8221; said Incline head coach Wayne Nash. andamp;#8220;She was hitting her shots in the second half. And then we left that other guard (Graham) open a couple times, and that made it 10 points real quickly.andamp;#8221;The Highlanders, who enjoyed some success with their full-court press in the first half, struggled to slow the Truckee offense with it in the final two quarters, and the Wolverines scored a number of easy points after beating the pressure.andamp;#8220;We battled through the first quarter and then started playing team ball,andamp;#8221; Stephens said. andamp;#8220;Sassy came out and found her shot. And then as soon as we start hitting shots from the perimeter, that opens things up on the inside. We have too many weapons to cover when we’re playing together.andamp;#8221;Murphy posted 10 points and Sydnie English had six off the bench. O’Connor scored a team-high 14 points as the Wolverines limited her to just one three-pointer after her hot first quarter. Tonking scored six points for the Highlanders and Kortney Solis had five.Truckee improved to 4-0 in Mount Rose League play and 10-5 overall with its sixth straight win, while Incline fell to 2-1 in league and 6-13 overall. The teams meet again Feb. 10 in Incline.andamp;#8220;We get another shot at them, and we’ll be ready,andamp;#8221; Nash said.