Truckee basketball | Third-quarter run leads girls to win over Fallon
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A third-quarter flurry of offense in an otherwise defensive battle lifted the Truckee girls’ basketball team to a hard-earned, 40-35 win against visiting Fallon on Tuesday.
and#8220;We let our guard down a little bit,and#8221; conceded Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens, whose Wolverines improved to 6-5 overall as the Greenwave fell to 5-8. and#8220;But sometimes you win with your B game, and that was our B game. That’s not to take anything away from Fallon, though. They’re a scrappy team.and#8221;
Coming out of the halftime break knotted at 17 points apiece, Fallon freshman guard Ali Tedford hit a shot to give her team a brief lead before the Wolverines strung together 10 consecutive points to create some space.
Truckee center Aleigh Krug keyed the run. After re-tying the score with a nice post move, the 6-3 senior swatted a Fallon shot on one end of the floor and then hustled back in time to score in transition.
Senior post Krysta Murphy followed with a midrange jumper the next time down the court, senior guard Sassy Graham added a swish from just inside the three-point line, and Krug scored again using a spinning post move.
The sudden barrage extended Truckee’s lead to 27-19, prompting a timeout by Greenwave head coach Anne Smith.
Fallon sophomore post Rileigh Ricken stopped the bleeding after the timeout with a bucket in the paint, but Krug buried another shot from near the free-throw line and Murphy scored again to give the Wolverines a 10-point lead, 31-21, in the final seconds of the quarter.
Truckee took its largest lead early in the fourth, twice leading by 11 points after baskets by Ashley Harris and Krug, who posted a game-high 20 points to go along with her eight rebounds and#8212; despite Ricken and Cady Cordes defending her tightly throughout the contest.
But Fallon still had some fight left.
Senior guard Jenny Rechel converted a layup off of a Fallon steal before Cordes hit two free throws and then drained a shot the next time down to adjust the score to 35-28 midway through the fourth quarter.
A few minutes later, Cordes converted a three-point play to bring the Greenwave to within five points, 28-33, with 58 seconds remaining. But it was as close as Fallon would get as Murphy helped close out the win at the free-throw line.
and#8220;I think we started off thinking we had it, but then we realized that they are a good team and we had to work hard for the win,and#8221; said Krug. and#8220;They did a good job of guarding the post and double-teaming us a lot. They’re a good team.and#8221;
Murphy finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Wolverines, while Katey Hamill tallied five assists and Olivia Duner three assists. Cordes led the Greenwave with 12 points. Ricken scored eight points and Tedford six.