Truckee basketball: Mock’s double-double leads girls past Vikings
Northern Division I-A standings
Spring Creek 4-6
South Tahoe 4-8
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Truckee’s Northern Division I-A foes are well aware who runs the floor for the Wolverines. And yet, the senior point guard still has her way.
Sydney Mock — whose 13.7-point average ranks third in the league — poured in a game-high 20 points to help lead the Truckee girls to a 47-40 win at rival South Tahoe on Tuesday.
Mock scored 16 in the first half as the Wolverines doubled the Vikings’ output, 28-14, by the midway point. The hosts went to a box-and-one defense in the second half in an effort to keep Mock from inflicting damage.
“Every team in the league has thrown a box-and-one at us, and she’s risen to the occasion when they do it,” Truckee coach Dave Shalvis said of Mock, who ranks first in the state in steals, with 142 in 20 games (7.1 average). She also ranks first in the league in assists, with four per game.
In addition to her 20 points, Mock tallied 10 steals, five rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Karina Nunez added seven points, Adela Ortiz scored five, and Shelby Brooks and Izzy Abarno scored four apiece. Maddie Monson grabbed five rebounds and Marlena Montano contributed three steals.
The victory was much needed for the Wolverines, who, at 5-5, are in fifth place and fighting for the fourth and final playoff berth.
“It was big,” Shalvis said of the win, which dropped the Vikings to 4-8 in league. “The girls needed that win against them. This is their big rival and they’ve always shown up to play South Tahoe. The five seniors just really wanted it.”
After an even third quarter, the Vikings picked up their defensive pressure with a full-court press and outscored the Wolverines 18-10 to cut the final margin to seven.
“Thankfully they didn’t do it earlier,” Shalvis said of the press.
Following Thursday night’s makeup game against Elko (8-1), which tips off at 6 p.m., Truckee will have five league games remaining to make up ground in the playoff race. The Wolverines play at Dayton (1-10) on Friday and at first-place Fallon (13-0) on Tuesday.
Truckee then returns home to host a makeup game against Spring Creek (4-6) on Feb. 10 and ends the regular season with home contests against Lowry (8-3) on Feb. 12 and Fernley (6-6) on Feb. 13. The regional championship tournament is Feb. 19-20 at North Valleys High School in Reno.
— Tahoe Daily Tribune Sports Editor Anthony Gentile contributed to this story.