Truckee girls beat up on North Tahoe
The lady Wolverines, each wearing red paw prints stamped on faces and arms, ran away with a 61-38 route over rival North Tahoe Wednesday night ” with ran being the key word.
“We’re definitely a fast team,” said Dani Turner, a senior who finished with four points, four steals and five rebounds off the bench. “When we get fast breaks, we’re pretty good.”
Turner is right, as much of Truckee’s points came by way of sprinting down the court after defensive rebounds, hitting streaking players with outlets passes and converting on uncontested buckets ” not to mention all the team’s steals that resulted in fast-break points.
“Go, go, go!” Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio hollered each time a Wolverine pulled down a defensive rebound. And his players listened ” or just bolted on instinct after doing so all season.
“We try to get fast breaks so (opponents) don’t get their defense set up,” said junior point guard Kelly Stephens, who led Truckee with 22 points, 12 of which came on the four three-point shots she sank.
A change in the Wolverines’ offense also contributed to the big win, Turner and Stephens said. After working on it in practice for a couple weeks, the team quickly mastered the new offensive scheme, called the “double stack.”
“We did that really well, considering we just learned it,” Turner said.
With a large lead throughout, every player got in the game. And everyone contributed.
Sophomore forward Lindsey Holt played particularly well when in the game, scoring six points while playing scrappy defense and crashing the boards. Junior Nicole Panziera also did well, finishing with eight points and seven rebounds, and junior forward Amanda Beckman contributed six points and five rebounds.
“We’re coming together much more as a team,” Stephens said. “We’re flowing a lot more on offense.”
Tenorio has noticed the same thing.
“The girls are just really playing smart and under control,” Tenorio said … “Different people are stepping up each game. It’s fun to see all the improvement from the girls. It’s exciting to watch them grow as a team.”
The win upped the Wolverines’ league record to 7-4. Sitting in third place in the Northern 3A, Truckee is nearly a lock to make playoffs in two weeks.
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