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Truckee girls break even in McQueen play

Staff reports

The Truckee High girls basketball team went 2-2 in the McQueen Tournament from Dec. 28-30 competing against larger schools from Nevada and California.

The Wolverines (9-3, 3-0) began the tourney with a 39-31 win over Fallon on Wednesday before losing 49-39 to California High (San Ramon) the next day.

“They were good, but definitely beatable,” Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio said of California, a Bay Area program of equal size, if not larger, than most Nevada 4A schools, according to the coach.

Tenorio said California played aggressive man-to-man defense, with its quick perimeter players able to hold Truckee’s guards in check.

Junior Breanne Busby led the Wolverines in scoring with 12 points. Nikki Panziera contributed seven points and four rebounds, Kelly Stephens six points and four rebounds and Lindsay Holt five points.

The Wolverines bounced back with a 62-36 rout over Wooster on Thursday afternoon. And they wasted no time building a lead, scoring 20 unanswered points to begin the game.

“The girls stepped up their shooting,” Tenorio said, referring to his guards who were draining shots from outside. “We scored the first 20 points and never looked back.”

Stephens led the team in scoring with 13 points, while Busby posted 12 points and 10 rebounds and Alexis Fallow 12 points. Panziera had seven points and Logan White six.

Truckee lost its final game of the tournament 54-46 to host McQueen.

The Wolverines pulled to within four points in the final two minutes after leading by a bucket with about five minutes remaining.

“We just weren’t able to capitalize and score in the last two minutes,” Tenorio said. “We had to play the fouling game, and (McQueen players) did a good job of hitting their free throws.”

Busby had a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Stephens, Fallow and Kelsey Shalvis had seven points apiece and Melanie Lashbrook had six points and eight rebounds.

Tenorio was happy with his team’s performance in the tournament.

“It’s good for us to face good, tough competition,” he said. “It forced us to work harder. Each game we got a little better, and played more aggressive and assertive. I’m pleased with the way the girls stepped up and took the challenge head-on this weekend.”

The Truckee High basketball teams play at Sparks on Wednesday. The girls tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys 7:30 p.m.

The North Tahoe High basketball teams play at Fernley on Wednesday. The girls tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys 7:30 p.m.


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