Truckee girls’ basketball preview: New leaders will have to emerge
Head coach Angelo Tenorio embarks on his second season with the Truckee girls’ basketball team with the strategy of using defense to create offense.
“I think (the use of a full court press) is something that’s going to help us all year because we’re going to be a little quicker than other teams,” said Tenorio, whose squad finished last in the Northern 3A in 2003. “It will help to create things for us. We’re an aggressive defensive team that gets our points off of our defense. We get a lot of fastbreak opportunities off of steals and turnovers from the other team.”
Tenorio lost seven seniors from last year’s team, so he will look to some new players for leadership this season.
“We’re expecting a lot out of these girls,” he said. “They’ve been playing in the program now for a number of years. They know the offense; they know the press ” they’ve been working with me and the assistant coach Geoff Stephens for a number of years. We’re fairly young, but this group really works well together.”
Tenorio’s daughter, Felicia, a junior, is a big part of that equation. Felicia was a starter as a sophomore last year, and she was named to the Triple Threat All-Tournament Team.
At that tournament, in which Truckee went 2-1, Felicia made two three-pointers and led the team with 22 overall points. At guard, Tenorio has bolstered a unit that looks like it will attack from the outside in 2004. But coach Tenorio thinks outside shooting success will trickle down to the inside game as the season wears on.
“We have some outside shooters that are starting to come on,” he said. “So we’ll be able to drop the ball inside and get the ball to our post players and eventually kick it back out to our shooters again and be able to work that inside-outside game.”
Katie Malone, who was also named to the All-Tournament Team, has been the early season benefactor of that philosophy. Malone averaged six points per game in the tournament. Along with Tenorio and Malone, the tournament starters were seniors Jesse Lamm, Erica Rice and Zoe Richards.
Tenorio said he expects sophomore Kelly Stephens to factor into the outside shooting game as she gets more experience at the varsity level. However, especially in the Triple Threat championship game versus Hug, the shots weren’t falling as often as Tenorio would like.
“We need a little more consistency with our shooting,” he said. “Once we get that going, we’ll be fine.”
Even though seven out of 11 players are underclassmen, Tenorio said he doesn’t think the experience-factor will haunt Truckee this year.
“We’re in some tournaments, and we’re a little bit stronger this year as far as knowledge of the game in general,” he said. “This team played summer ball and played against a lot of 4A teams in Reno.”
In assessing his team’s first three games, Tenorio knows their skills need work, but he was content with their focus.
“They have a heart,” he said. “They work hard, and they have an eagerness to learn. They listened well, and they did the things we talked about. More than anything, I think it’s just learning to be a team.”
Truckee still has to deal with Lowry, which went undefeated (14-0) in the Northern 3A and finished 30-3 overall. The league remains the same as it did last year, with the exception of Incline (previously in 2A) replacing Bishop Manogue (now in Northern 4A).
-2003 NORTHERN 3A STANDINGS
Team League All
Lowry 14-0 30-3
Spring Creek 11-3 20-8
Fernley 9-5 17-11
Manogue 6-8 13-17
North Tahoe 5-9 7-14
Dayton 5-9 11-14
Yerington 4-10 12-17
Truckee 2-12 6-16
*Sparks — 0-22
*Sparks played as independent
-2004 NORTHERN 3A GIRLS’ LEAGUE
Day Date Opponent Time/result Record
Mon. Nov. 29 *vs. Damonte Ranch W, 32-26 1-0
Tues. Nov. 30 *vs. Sparks W, 43-8 2-0
Wed. Dec. 1 *vs. Hug L, 45-29 2-1
Tues. Dec. 7 @ Pyramid Lake 6 p.m.
Th.-Sa. Dec. 9-11 @ North Valleys Tournament TBA
Wed. Dec. 15 @ North Tahoe 6 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 17 vs. Yerington 6 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 18 @ Fernley 2 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 21 @ Incline 6 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 7 vs. Incline 6 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 8 @ Dayton 2 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 11 vs. Quincy 6 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 14 @ Yerington 6 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 15 vs. Sparks 2 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 21 @ Lowry 6 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 22 @ Spring Creek 2 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 26 vs. Dayton 6 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 28 @ Sparks 6 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 4 vs. Fernley 6 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 9 vs. North Tahoe 6 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 11 vs. Lowry 6 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 12 vs. Spring Creek 2 p.m.
Th.-Sa. Feb. 17-19 Northern 3A tournament TBA
Th.-Sa. Feb. 24-26 3A State Championship TBA
*Hug Triple Threat Tournament
Day Date Opponent Time/result Record
Tues. Dec. 7 @ Pyramid Lake 3 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 15 @ North Tahoe 3 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 17 vs. Yerington 3 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 18 @ Fernley 11 a.m.
Tues. Dec. 21 @ Incline 3 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 7 vs. Incline 3 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 8 @ Dayton 11 a.m.
Tues. Jan. 11 vs. Quincy 3 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 14 @ Yerington 3 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 15 vs. Sparks 11 a.m.
Fri. Jan. 21 @ Lowry 3 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 22 @ Spring Creek 11 a.m.
Wed. Jan. 26 vs. Dayton 3 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 28 @ Sparks 3 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 4 vs. Fernley 3 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 9 vs. North Tahoe 3 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 11 vs. Lowry 3 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 12 vs. Spring Creek 11 a.m.