Truckee basketball | Girls split crossover games vs. Fallon, Lowry |

Truckee basketball | Girls split crossover games vs. Fallon, Lowry

Sylas Wright
Photos by Sylas Wright / Sierra SunTruckee senior Sydnie English converts a fast-break layup during the Wolverines' 33-28 loss to Fallon on Friday.

TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Wolverines did not have to wait long to avenge their only loss of the young season.

A day after dropping a defensive battle against visiting Fallon, 33-28, Friday night, the Truckee girls rebounded to take down visiting Lowry, 39-31, in another defensive Division I-A crossover basketball game Saturday.

“We played better, but not where we need to be,” said Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens. “The kids are not playing within their abilities. We’re working on the team concept still.”

Following a slow start against Lowry, senior guards Ashley Harris and Sydnie English and forward Jackie Bolton took matters into their own hands on both ends of the floor, giving the hosts a boost after senior point guard Katey Hamill found herself in early foul trouble.

With the trio of seniors clicking, Truckee seized momentum in the second quarter, turning a 7-6 deficit into a 23-16 halftime lead. Bolton and English scored 11 of the Wolverines’ 17 points in the quarter, while Truckee switched back and forth from man-to-man defense into a trapping 2-3 zone.

Everyone chipped in to the defensive effort, including Diana Rosas, Lauren Peak, Cassandra Sawyer, Olivia Duner, Lorena De Michelli and Kate Traeger. Kaylee Neill stepped up to handle the point when Hamill was on the bench, and Karina Nunez held down the other guard position when in the game.

Bolton led the Wolverines with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots, and Hamill added eight points.

Against Fallon, Truckee played the decidedly larger Greenwave tough in the early going, but the visitors’ used their distinct height advantage to build a 10-point lead in the second quarter and then hold off a couple of late Truckee runs.

The Greenwave led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, following an offensive rebound and putback by Hannah Lindsay.

Truckee did not go quietly, however, as Neill drained a 3-point shot and then scored on a fast break layup to end the third quarter, narrowing the score to 27-21.

The teams swapped buckets in the fourth, with Truckee receiving offensive contributions from English, Duner and Bolton, who hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining to cut the final margin to five. But the Wolverines could not manage to get any closer. Harris sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it was waved off as being too late.

“When we went small we were able to execute our offense, but we got killed on rebounds. And then when we went big, we didn’t have the skill to run the offense,” Stephens said.

The score remained tight in the opening minutes of the game. Fallon then took over the lead for good when Cady Cordes broke a 6-6 tie with a free throw. The Greenwave went on to score the final four points of the quarter, and nine points to Truckee’s four at the start the second quarter to take a 20-10 lead.

“I thought they played well,” Fallon head coach Anne Smith said of her players. “We did a good job defensively, and we handled the rebounds.”

Bolton and Neill each scored seven points to pace the Wolverines, and Hamill and English each had four. Ali Tedford and Cordes scored nine points apiece for the Greenwave, and Lindsay eight. Lindsay had a game-high 16 rebounds.

Truckee is 3-1 on the season and Fallon 4-2.

UP NEXT: The Wolverines are scheduled to host Wooster on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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