Truckee basketball: Wolverines take care of Sparks on home court
TRUCKEE ” The Wolverines looked like a team on a mission Friday night, hustling for loose balls, rebounding with authority, slashing to the bucket and draining shots from all over the court.
The result was a 79-point output, and one happy head coach.
“I’m really impressed with how many points we scored,” said Truckee coach Hoehn. … “Our kids stepped up, and I told them how proud I am of them.”
The 79-67 win puts Truckee at 3-6 in Northern 3A league play entering Saturday night’s game at Fernley. The Railroaders fell to 6-4 in league.
Five Truckee players scored in double figures, led by post player Flynn Rice with 18 hard-earned points and James DePew with 17. Mitch Nelson, Nate Hamill and Jon Ford each had 12 points. The Railroaders’ Angel Guillen led all scorers with 25.
“It was a good game, we played hard and came out with a win,” DePew said. “We haven’t had one in a while, so it feels good.”
Truckee dominated the opening quarter, taking a 20-8 lead before the Railroaders went on an 11-2 run late in the second quarter to tie the score at 34 at the half.
“I think in the first quarter our defense took over,” Hoehn said. “We capitalized on the defensive end and got some easy baskets out of it.”
Twice Sparks gained a one-point lead in the third quarter, but the Wolverines took a 44-42 lead on a bucket by Hamill late in the third and never looked back.
The Wolverines held Sparks to a single bucket in three of the four quarters Friday night en route to a 41-13 rout.
And they did it mostly with non-starters.
“It was one of those games where we could do that,” said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio. “We were able to get everybody in, and our bench played really well. They’ve been doing a good job the last few games.”
The win bumped Truckee’s league record to 5-4 (10-10 overall) with three games left before the postseason.
“We need to try to stay fired up and stay ready to play the rest of the teams,” Tenorio said. “The rest of the teams we play will be in the playoffs, so we have to make sure we’re ready to play every game.”
Sophomore Megan Shalvis finished with a game-high 13 points in limited minutes Friday, while Brooke Griffin and Mollie Askin had six points apiece and Katy Stephens four points and eight assists.
“We’re definitely getting there. The girls are starting to gel, which is really what you want at the end of the season,” Tenorio said. …
“We definitely need to take care of the ball and make smart decisions offensively and defensively. We need to cut down on turnovers and make our free throws. We’ve been struggling there, but we’re working hard on that.”
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