Truckee girls’ basketball preview | New coach excited about first season |

Truckee girls’ basketball preview | New coach excited about first season

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Sylas Wright / Sierra SunFirst-team All-State guard Megan Shalvis returns as one of seven seniors on the Truckee girls' basketball team. The Wolverines host a tournament from Thursday through Saturday.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; If there’s one thing first-year Truckee girls’ basketball coach Scott Conn does not want to tinker with in his new role, it’s the Wolverines’ history of success in recent years.

and#8220;I have the luxury of inheriting a consistent program,and#8221; said Conn, who replaces former varsity girls’ head coach Angelo Tenorio, who took over the Truckee boys’ program.

and#8220;I want to give credit to Angelo and Geoff (Stephens, Truckee’s former assistant and head JV coach). I’m not coming in to a bunch of knuckleheads. I’m coming into a program that’s had success. I am the beneficiary of that, and it really resides in the seven seniors we have.and#8221;

Conn has other reasons to be excited.

After coaching neighboring North Tahoe the past four years and#8212; leading the Lakers to back-to-back postseason appearances before missing the playoffs in 2009-10 and#8212; he takes over a talented Truckee team that played into the 3A state semifinal last season and includes three returning All-League selections.

Highlighting that group is senior point guard Megan Shalvis, a first-team All-State performer from a year ago, as well as junior post player Aleigh Krug and senior guard Aly Coronado-Smith, both of whom received All-League honorable mention recognition last season.

and#8220;If Megan keeps coming along the way she has, focusing on her fundamentals and defense, I think she’s a potential MVP candidate in our league,and#8221; Conn said of Shalvis, a smooth offensive player with accurate touch from outside. and#8220;Her toughest critic is herself, so we’re trying to teach her a better mistake response.and#8221;

Just one game into the season, the coach also has been impressed with Krug, who took advantage of her height and athleticism to record a game-high 15 points and 16 rebounds in a 60-51 nonleague win against 4A North Valleys this past weekend.

and#8220;She’s learning to be more physical, which is what we need because in some of the 4A games we’re playing, she’ll be facing some rather large women,and#8221; Conn said of his junior post player. and#8220;And rather than her getting knocked off the boards, I want it to be the other way around.

and#8220;Once we get some of the finer techniques of post play, she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with this year.and#8221;

So far Conn has Shalvis and Krug in the starting lineup along with guards Coronado Smith and Claire Roberts, a freshman, and sophomore post player Sydnie English. But that could change at any time, he said, as several players are on the cusp of cracking the starting five.

and#8220;I have multiple other kids who can slide into those spots, depending on how their performance is. There are people like Shannan Baumann and Sara Shontz, just to name two,and#8221; Conn said.

With a challenging non-league schedule that includes a number of games against 4A competition, the coach said the Wolverines are working on sharpening their fundamentals and increasing their defensive intensity.

and#8220;We have a very athletic group of players, but I think they might rely on that too much, especially defensively,and#8221; Conn said. and#8220;We can score, I know that. It’s our defense that we really need put in place, and you get there by focusing on fundamentals and technique. We can play very tenacious defense. We’re not going to give anybody any easy points.

and#8220;So I don’t intend to rely on our scoring ability. I intend to rely on our defense to get us through the season and into the playoffs and hopefully beyond that.and#8221;

The Wolverines will host a total of 20 varsity, junior varsity and freshmen teams at the Truckee Invitational Tip-off Tournament from Thursday through Saturday.

Truckee’s varsity squad starts the tournament against Sierra Lutheran on Thursday at 3 p.m. The winner advances to play the winner between North Tahoe and Loyalton on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The championship is Saturday at 1 p.m.

Other varsity teams include Incline, KIPP King Collegiate, Lutheran and Miramonte. JV and freshmen teams include Truckee, Fallon, Damonte Ranch, Foresthill, Incline, Loyalton, McQueen, Miramonte and South Tahoe.

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