Truckee girls beat Fernley, loses to Spring Creek
RENO Fernley High girls basketball coach Ralph Dunn said before the Thursdays first-round matchup against Truckee that his team needed to shoot well from the free throw line if it wanted to advance to the semifinals of the Northern 3A RegionalTournament. Dunn turned out to be right.Fernley, the tournaments fifth seed, missed 15 free throws, nine in the fourth quarter, in losing to fourth-seeded Truckee 41-36 at Damonte Ranch High School. Thats too many points to leave out, said Dunn, whose team missed 20 from the line against the Wolverines three weeks ago in a 59-56 Truckee win. We shot a lot of free throws in practice.Both teams combined to shoot 12-of-39 from the free throw line, with Truckee making the higher percentage at 37 percent (7-of-19). Fernley connected on just 25 percent of its free throws (5-of-20).Thank goodness that happened for us, Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio said about Fernleys missed free throws. Theyre normally a good free throw shooting team.Added Tenorio: [The game] got a little ugly. All the emotions of the game were getting to us at the end, Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio said. We were able to overcome things today. They worked hard and never quit.Senior guard Kelly Stephens led the Wolverines with 16 points, including two 3-pointers, and junior Breanne Busby added 10. Lindsay Holt scored five points for the Wolverines, and Nikki Panziera had four.After the two regular season contests, Tenorio said he did not want to take any chances with Fernleys leading scorer, April Shaw. The Wolverines double-teamed Shaw most of the night, but the senior still led the team with 16 points.We didnt want April to beat us, Tenorio said. She creates a lot of their offense.Jayme King scored eight points for Fernley, including a 3-pointer, and Annie Lowry added six.Fernley led at halftime, 17-15, before Truckee took a 30-25 lead in the third quarter.Heather Matthews and King brought the Vaqueros within two points in the fourth quarter, and Shaw stole an inbounded pass and fed it to King to tie the game at 32 with six minutes left. Stephens gave the Wolverines the lead for good in unique fashion. With two Wolverines and one Vaquero down on the floor, Stephens picked up the loose ball and drilled a 3-pointer, instead of driving down the lane for the easy bucket. She was trying to get some points on the board, Tenorio said. She stepped up today. She worked really hard and concentrated on getting those open shots.
Truckees season came to an end with a 55-30 loss to No. 1-seeded Spring Creek the eventual Northern 3A champion in Fridays semifinal. The Wolverines finished their season with an 18-8 overall record. Spring Creeks Johnna Ward, a senior who has signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Nevada next season, single-handedly shot the Wolverines down early in the contest with 17 first-quarter points to go along with six steals and a blocked shot.Ward, the second-leading scorer in greater Nevada at 20.9 points per game, according to Nevadaprep.com, went on to post a game-high 25 points. The Spartans next-leading scorer was Tai Jaques with seven points.Truckee junior Breanne Busby led the Wolverines with nine points.
Girls Thursday First roundYerington 43, Dayton 31Truckee 41, Fernley 36Friday SemifinalYerington 67, Lowry 60, OTSpring Creek 55, Truckee 30Saturday ChampionshipSpring Creek 57, Yerington 33Spring Creek, Yerington advance to state tournament3A State Tournament, Las VegasFriday, Feb. 23Spring Creek vs. Faith Lutheran, 3 p.m.Yerington vs. Pahrump Valley, 6:20 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 24 ChampionshipSemifinal winners, 6:40 p.m.Boys Thursday First roundLowry 49, Incline 40Spring Creek 70, Fernley 46Friday SemifinalYerington 62, Lowry 56, OTDayton 49, Spring Creek 35Saturday ChampionshipDayton 46, Yerington 40Yerington, Dayton advance to state tournament3A State Tournament, Las VegasFriday, Feb. 23Dayton vs. Pahrump Valley, 4:40 p.m.Yerington vs. Faith Lutheran, 8 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 24 ChampionshipSemifinal winners, 8:20 p.m.