Truckee girls end skid, top Dayton
The Truckee girls’ basketball team snapped their four-game losing streak on Tuesday, Feb. 6, with a 44-18 road victory over Dayton.
The Wolverines came into the game without freshman Emma Cooley, but got big performances from junior Ava Seelenfreund, freshman Annika Thayer and freshman Lauren Tanner to take the win over the Dust Devils.
“I’m glad they got out of their slump,” said Head Coach David Shalvis. “They’ve been getting in their own heads as freshmen, and this was the relaxed game where the did what they needed to do. Ava Seelenfreund has been a great add on for us. She came in late in the season, she’s picked up a lot of those points we didn’t have.”
Tanner paced the Wolverines with 15 points on the night. Seelenfreund scored nine for the team, including six in the first quarter. And Thayer added nine points as well. Senior Izzy Abarno scored seven points for Truckee.
The Wolverines held Dayton without a field goal over the first quarter to take a 10-point. Dayton would play better in the second and third periods, but couldn’t dig out of their double-digit deficit. Truckee went on to outscore the Dust Devils 14-2 in the final quarter.
“We have moments of brilliance, and we have moments of oh my gosh,” said Shalvis. “Tonight they put enough of those runs together, and they played tremendous defense. Their defense is what has kept them in games.”
With one game left in the regular season, the Wolverines (11-12, 6-9 Northern League) are locked into the sixth and final Class 3A Northern League playoff spot.
The girls will conclude their regular season at home on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. against Fernley.
The Class 3A Northern League playoffs will begin on Thursday, Feb. 15 at Elko High School.
“We’re right there in every game,” said Shalvis. “I believe that our group is in there with anybody, we’ve got a chance for an upset.”