Truckee girls basketball: Wolverines earn nonleague win over Incline
TRUCKEE ” The Wolverines never trailed on their home court Wednesday night. But an unrelenting Incline Highlander squad made them earn every bit of the 47-33 nonleague win.
“Incline played really well,” said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio. “They worked hard and their kids never quit. They’re a well-coached team. (Incline coach) Bill (Devine) does a great job.”
Employing its smothering full-court press, Truckee (3-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead almost immediately on consecutive steals that led to easy scores. Devine has faced the Wolverines enough times to anticipate the defensive attack.
“We knew it was going to be one of the tougher ones we see,” said Devine, who quickly called a timeout to iron out his team’s rehearsed plan to break the press. The plan called for more passes and fewer dribbles. “Once we did that we played better.”
Truckee scored two more buckets off the press before the Highlanders (0-4) ” the newest member of the Northern 2A ” settled in. Neither offense looked sharp, and the quarter ended with the Wolverines in front, 11-4.
Both teams picked up the scoring pace in the second quarter, as Incline rattled off eight straight points at one point to pull to within 13-12, and Truckee answered with an 11-2 run to take a 24-14 lead into the half.
The third quarter played out much like the first as the game reverted back to more of a defensive struggle ” only with more fouls. Truckee outscored Incline 8-7 in the third thanks in large part to sophomore guard Megan Shalvis, who scored six of her team-high 13 points to push the Wolverines’ lead to 32-21 entering the fourth quarter.
Despite the win, Shalvis was disappointed with her team’s effort.
“We were not working well together as a team,” said Shalvis, who made all five of her free-throw attempts in the game. … “We did a couple good things, but it was just a bad game all together.”
“We weren’t very focused,” the coach said. … “We missed a lot of easy baskets. We’ll take the win, but it just wasn’t one of our better games. We’ll hit the drawing board and refocus. But you can’t take anything away from Incline.”
Junior point guard Annie Rodriguez provided a significant offensive boost for the Wolverines, finishing with 11 points, while teammates Katy Stephens and Michelle Hoehn each contributed six points. Brooke Griffin added five points and Haley Busby four.
Stephens and Hoehn were particularly active throughout, as Stephens collected seven steals, seven rebounds and five assists, and Hoehn finished with eight rebounds, six steals and two blocks.
The contest grew increasingly more physical throughout, evidenced by the zero free-throw attempts in the opening quarter, four in the second quarter, 10 in the third and 21 in the fourth. The Highlanders took advantage, sinking 12-of-18 free throws in the game while the Wolverines converted 8-of-17 from the line.
Incline narrowed the score to 39-31 with a 6-0 run in the final minutes, but the Wolverines again answered with an 8-2 run of their own to secure the win.
“I was really pleased with this game, because Truckee is always one of the toughest teams we play,” Devine said.
Incline junior guard Katelyn Wright led all scorers with 16 points, six of which came on back-to-back three-pointers early in the second quarter.
“We’re still having trouble (scoring) under the basket a little bit, but once we started to get in a rhythm we communicated more and played hard,” Wright said. “I’m proud of our team and the way we played. We gave them a good run.”
Wright was followed in the scoring department by teammates Lauren Wilson with five points and Cherry and O’Connor with four points apiece.
Truckee’s JV girls basketball team improved to 5-1 on the season with two wins and one loss this week.
This past Saturday the girls earned a 35-24 win at Galena in their first road game of the year. Truckee broke open the game with a strong, balanced scoring attack in the fourth quarter, led by Aly Coronado-Smith’s 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Kennedy Power added six points, while Shannan Baumann and Aleigh Krug chipped in five each. Allison Costa contributed on the boards with another five rebounds, and Carly Maurer and Natalie Duner each had three steals.
Truckee dropped its first game of the season Monday to visiting Carson, 42-14.
Head coach Geoff Stephens said all the wheels to the bus fell off, as the Wolverines struggled with shooting and turnovers against a very aggressive opponent.
Truckee uncharacteristically turned the ball more than 30 times and as a team only forced Carson into 11 turnovers.
“This loss showed us where we need to improve and what we need to work on to be a better team,” Stephens said. “I would love to play them again in a month, because both teams will be better. It would be fun to watch.”
Incline traveled to Truckee on Wednesday and was met by a more focused and determined Wolverine squad.
Truckee came out fast and defeated the Highlanders 42-9. Incline, playing shorthanded, never quit and provided Truckee with plenty of effort. Ten Truckee players scored in another balanced attack led by Kristina Tirman’s all-around effort that included three assists, eight rebounds and six points.
Truckee plays at 4A North Valleys on Saturday.