Truckee basketball | Girls use big first half to down Colts
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee girls’ basketball team overwhelmed visiting Wooster with its size and strength en route to a 53-35 nonleague win Wednesday night.
Despite the lopsided score, however, the performance left first-year Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens searching for more consistency as his team allowed 25 points in the second half compared to 10 in the first.
and#8220;It was an ugly win. We were like Jekyll and Hyde out there,and#8221; Stephens said. and#8220;We played really well in stretches, but then we basically stopped playing defense and let them back in the game.and#8221;
Led by senior Aleigh Krug’s efficient offense in the post, Truckee (3-1) took control from the onset, scoring the first eight points and jumping out to a 14-3 lead by the end of the first quarter. A three-point swish by Wooster’s Taylor O’Daye got the Colts on the board after Truckee’s 8-0 start.
Krug continued to torch the smaller Colts, with the help of several nice assists from teammates, as the Wolverines rode the senior’s 16-point first half to a commanding 28-10 lead by the midway point.
and#8220;We were pushing the ball up the court and getting easy points, and playing good defense,and#8221; said Krug, who finished with a game-high 22 points.
But after Krug scored a bucket inside to open the second half and Krysta Murphy followed with another two points in the paint, the scrappy Wooster squad began to climb slowly back in the game. Taking advantage of the Wolverines’ second unit, the Colts employed a full-court press that gave Truckee guards trouble.
and#8220;They (Truckee players) were trying to run with them instead of trying to break the press and slow it down. They got a little frustrated,and#8221; Stephens said.
Wooster pulled to within 16 points, at 35-19, after scoring seven straight in the third quarter and at one point shaved the lead down to 15, at 43-28, in the fourth. It was as close as the Colts would get as Truckee’s first string came back on the court and settled down the pace.
and#8220;We calmed down a little bit and started to get back into our rhythm,and#8221; Krug said.
Murphy finished with 10 points for the Wolverines, while juniors Sydnie English and Katey Hamill each contributed six points to the win. Senior Lacey Smith led the Colts with eight points.
and#8220;It was not all bad,and#8221; Stephens said, and#8220;but it certainly was a wake-up call for them.and#8221;
UP NEXT: Truckee has a two-week break before facing Wooster again on the road Dec. 21.
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