Truckee girls cruise to win against Incline
Defense doesn’t come much better than this.
Four points allowed in each of the first three quarters and a single bucket in the fourth. That equals 14, the number of points the Truckee High girls basketball team surrendered to visiting Incline on Saturday.
The Wolverines, who held the Highlanders scoreless until seven minutes into the contest, never let down their guard defensively or relented on the offensive end as they coasted to a 49-14 Northern 3A win.
Now 8-4 in league play ” third place behind Spring Creek (11-0) and Lowry (11-1) ” Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio is thinking postseason strategy.
“We have to start gearing up for playoffs,” Tenorio said. “We want to make sure we’re ready, so I’m pushing the girls a little more now.”
That meant staying with the full-court press the entire game, which created problems for Incline ball handers and resulted in few open looks at the basket, not to mention a number of breakaway layups off steals for the Wolverines.
“Each game is going to be like a playoff game from here on,” Tenorio said. “We’re just going to attack and take it to every team.”
Sophomore post player Breanne Busby scored a game-high 13 points, and senior point guard Kelly Stephens chipped in 11 while setting the tone with hustle defense.
Points were well distributed after that, with Morgan Womack contributing five and Lindsay Holt, Kelsey Shalvis and Michelle Hoehn ” playing in her first game since being called up from junior varsity ” scoring four apiece.
Truckee also controlled the game by dominating on the boards and not turning the ball over, despite the Highlanders applying their own full-court press.
“They didn’t allow a lot of second and third shot opportunities, and they did a good job of taking care of the ball offensively,” Tenorio said.
The Wolverines play at rival North Tahoe on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. but was bumped up two days and to a different time.
Truckee’s junior varsity girls basketball team won its 11th straight league game by defeating the Sparks Railroader 43-25 last Wednesday.
The Wolverines were led by Michelle Hoehn’s 15 points and Katelyn Gadsby’s 12 points. Katy Stephens chipped in seven as nine different Wolverines scored.
The Railroaders took advantage of Truckee’s zone in the fourth quarter and scored 14 points, including three 3-point baskets.-
“The Sparks girls were much improved from our first encounter with them,” said Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens. “I have to remind our Truckee girls that the second time you play a team you must work even harder. Everyone gets better as a season moves along.”