Truckee basketball | Girls turn slow start into big league win
The Truckee girls seemed on their way to a low-scoring, defensive struggle against visiting Dayton on Tuesday. Then they heated up.
After falling behind 7-4 by the end of the first quarter, the Wolverines took over the momentum and never let it go en route to a 52-31 win.
“We finally got the Cellophane off the rim,” said Truckee coach Dave Shalvis, whose Wolverines (1-5 league, 3-8 overall) averaged just over 27 points a game in five league contests before Tuesday.
Truckee took control in the second quarter, outscoring Dayton (0-7 league, 1-12 overall) by a 10-0 margin to carry a 14-7 lead into the half. It was all Wolverines from there, as the hosts outscored the Dust Devils 22-13 in the third quarter and 16-11 in the fourth to complete the rout.
Eight different Truckee players scored, led by senior guards Marcelle Reynaud and Sydney Mock, who combined for 23 points. Many of baskets came off of set plays or fast-break opportunities as the result of steals in the open court.
“We started calling some other plays. We went with what worked years ago,” said Shalvis, who coached the same Truckee players when they were younger. “When we ran those right, we got some easy points out of it. We’re going to keep it simple from here on.”
Reynaud was particularly tough on the Dust Devils during Truckee’s big third quarter, when she scored 10 of her game-high 12 points. Mock scored nine of her 11 points between the third and fourth quarters.
“Marcell had a great game. She had a lot of good back cuts,” Shalvis said.
Junior Katie Fisher and sophomore Maddie Monson contributed eight points apiece, and Shelby Brooks scored seven points. Jennifer Espinoza, Adela Ortiz and Taylor Stevens each scored two.
“The difference was that they all stepped up,” Shalvis said of the well-rounded scoring.
For the Dust Devils, junior forward Angela Sikora led the way with 11 points, and Christina Ricci scored seven points on a 7-for-10 night at the free throw line.
The Wolverines are scheduled to play at Fernley on Saturday and host Sparks on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m.
The Sparks game marks the end of the first half of Truckee’s Northern Division I-A schedule.
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