Truckee basketball | Girls use tough ‘D’ to take down Fernley; boys overtaken late
Coming off a 10-day break with no games, the Truckee girls’ basketball team began a stretch of four games in five days Tuesday night with a 55-46 win at Fernley.
The Wolverines went back to the high-pressure philosophy of man-to-man defense and full-court pressure to overcome a young, well-coached Fernley team.
In a high-paced, entertaining first half, the Wolverines started off well only to hang on for a 25-all tie at the half after the Vaqueros came back with their own pressure and strong inside play.
“Every time we switch to our zone, which has been so successful this year, Fernley just ate us alive inside,” said Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens.
After the half, Truckee came out and completely took over the game with five straight steals that led to baskets while outscoring the hosts, 20-9, in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with Fernley making several runs, but ultimately the speed of Truckee in the press was too much for the Vaqueros to handle.
The Wolverines’ bench was a huge factor.
“Every time we subbed, we seemed to get stronger,” Stephens said. “It was a complete team victory. I was very proud of their effort. I only wish the games were longer so they all received more minutes of playing time.”
Senior post Aleigh Krug led the Wolverines with 22 points while Sydnie English scored 10 and Claire Roberts eight. Continued balance scoring continued, with Krysta Murphy, Katey Hamill, Ashley Harris, Carly Maurer and Savannah Graham each contributing to the offensive effort. Strong defense by Olivia Duner and rebounding by Courtney Shalvis and Jackie Bolton rounded out the win.
The Truckee boys let an early lead slip away late in a 47-41 loss at Fernley on Tuesday.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 9-2 lead after one quarter of play before the Vaqueros came alive to outscore the visitors 15-9 in the second to close the gap to one point, 18-17, by the half.
The 3A teams battled back and forth in the third, with Truckee scoring 16 points to Fernley’s 14 to take a three-point lead. But the Vaqueros stepped up with a 16-point fourth quarter to Truckee’s seven to pull away for the win.
“It was very competitive,” said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio. “Defensively, we played much better than we have been. We just turned the ball over on offense a couple times when it was crucial to at least attempt a shot.”
Tenorio said Fernley hit a big 3-pointer late, and Truckee had to resort to fouling to stop the clock.
“Fernley played tough and shot the ball well,” the coach said. “I think we were a little out-hustled at the end of the game.”
Fernley’s Cade Knutson scored 20 points on four 3-pointers to lead the Vaqueros. Truckee’s stats were not immediately available.
Truckee is now 3-7 overall; Fernley is 5-6.