Truckee boys handle Fernley at home |

Truckee boys handle Fernley at home

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Photo by Jon Beckhardt/Sierra SunTruckee's Cole Froelich battles with a Fernley player for a loose ball as teammate Cory Hoehn looks on.

The Fernley Vaqueros hit enough long-range shots to remain within striking distance for a half. But that was before Truckee started feeding its big man.

Upon discovering that 6-foot-3, 250-pound junior Cory Hoehn was quicker and more physical than Fernley’s post players, Truckee head coach Keith Crawford tweaked his game plan at the midway point.

“It was a mismatch,” Crawford said of the match-up in the paint. “We found that out during the first half. At halftime we made an adjustment, and [Hoehn] responded well.”

That he did, as the junior came up with 23 points and 10 rebounds ” much of which came in the second half ” to help the Wolverines pick up a 66-53 league victory at home Friday night.

“We just executed well on the offensive end,” Hoehn said. And on the other end, “Defensively, we executed what we do in practice, which is help defense, aggressive defense.”

Assertive defense on the perimeter by Truckee’s four starting guards, John Hooper, Jason Chapman, Cole Froelich and Brandon Peterson, triggered a number of turnovers that led to easy points.

But the visitors matched Truckee’s energy level, and with accurate shooting from outside in the first two quarters, trailed only 25-21 at the half.

“Fernley came in and competed. They played as hard as they could,” Crawford said.

The Vaqueros pulled within a point on consecutive baskets to start the third quarter before Hoehn quashed the four-point run with a nice move and bucket in the paint.

“Cory [Hoehn] did good today,” Stewart said. “The more we get our big player going the better we’ll do.”

So far this season the Wolverines have found the Northern 3A to be a competitive league.

“The guys are starting to figure it out that we’re going to get our opponents ‘A’ game every single night,” Crawford said. “But as long as my guys respond to it, we’ll be fine.”