Truckee basketball: Wolverines return from tough road trip
This past weekend was a rough one for the Wolverines, who finished a combined 0-4 on a league road trip to Spring Creek and Lowry.
Despite the damage to each team’s record ” the boys fell to 2-4 in league and 7-8 overall and the girls dropped to 3-3 in league and 8-8 overall ” both coaches were pleased with their players’ effort.
Truckee’s boys nearly pulled off a victory at Spring Creek on Friday, losing 68-67 playing with a depleted squad of just six players due to injuries, sickness and academic ineligibility issues.
On Saturday Truckee fell 61-50 at Lowry competing with nine players.
Senior post player Flynn Rice led the Wolverines offensively both games, finishing with 19 points against Spring Creek and matching teammate Matt Hoehn’s team-high of 12 against Lowry. Hoehn and James DePew scored 13 points apiece against Spring Creek, and Colin Christian added 10.
Because of the lack of players available for Friday’s game, Truckee head coach Mike Hoehn called up Christian and Tony Rodriguez from junior varsity.
As it turned out, the group showed great chemistry on the court, said coach Hoehn, adding that the Wolverines should have won the game. But it was not to be. Leading by a point with about 20 seconds in regulation, Truckee missed two free throws before Spring Creek scored the winning bucket on the other end.
“I’ve watched a lot of high school basketball, and the six kids we had put forth one of the best efforts I’ve ever seen,” coach Hoehn said. “People were coming up after the game saying how impressed they were.”
The coach said his team played well against Lowry as well, but shots simply were not falling.
Dayton remains in first place in the Northern 3A at 5-1. Sparks and Lowry are tied for second at 4-2, and Truckee, Yerington, Spring Creek and Fernley are all 2-4 with six league games remaining. The top six teams out of the seven advance to the postseason.
The Wolverines lost 58-52 to first-place Spring Creek on Friday and lost 57-46 at Lowry on Saturday to fall to fourth place in the Northern 3A.
Spring Creek remains undefeated in league at 6-0 at the midway point in the season, and is followed by Yerington at 5-1, Lowry at 4-2 and Truckee at 3-3.
Truckee nearly pulled off the win at Spring Creek, trailing by only one point with about 35 seconds, said head coach Angelo Tenorio, who described the scene as intense as the teams battled back and forth.
“The girls played incredible defense that night,” Tenorio said. “It was a great game, a playoff-caliber game. It was a fun one to coach.”
Senior Michelle Hoehn led Truckee with 19 points. Megan Shalvis chipped in 11 points and Katy Stephens eight.
Hoehn again led the Wolverines in scoring against Lowry, posting 20 points, while Shalvis and Stephens scored nine and seven points, respectively.
Tenorio said the game was closer than the final score indicates, as Truckee trailed by one point entering the fourth quarter. But in the end the Wolverines had to resort to putting Lowry on the free throw line to stop the clock, and the Buckaroos converted to extend their lead.
1. Dayton 5-1
2. Sparks 4-2
3. Lowry 4-2
4. Truckee 2-4
5. Yerington 2-4
6. Spring Creek 2-4
7. Fernley 2-4
1. Spring Creek 6-0
2. Yerington 5-1
3. Lowry 4-2
4. Truckee 3-3
5. Fernley 2-4
6. Dayton 1-5
7. Sparks 0-6
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