Truckee girls, North Tahoe boys open postseason
The high school basketball regular season concluded last week amid game cancellations due to snow and cold weather.
A pair of local teams will now look to heat things up at their respective Northern League tournaments this week, beginning with the first round of action on Thursday, Feb. 21.
Truckee girls look to make state run
The Truckee girls’ basketball team will be in search of the program’s first postseason win since the 2010-11 season when the Wolverines open play in the Class 3A Northern League tournament against Fernley.
Truckee (19-5, 12-5 Northern League) finished as the No. 4 seed, heading into the tournament and will look to get past Fernley (13-12, 10-8 Northern League) to set up a matchup against the two-time defending state champions Churchill County. The Wolverines took a pair of close wins against the Vaqueros this season, topping Fernley by a combined nine points during the two games.
Truckee’s potent offense could present problems for teams during the upcoming tournament. The Wolverines finished the regular season as the third highest scoring team in all of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, regardless of class, averaging 56.0 points per game. Churchill County led the state with an average of 58.2 points per game.
Senior Ava Seelenfreund has led Truckee this season, averaging 13.0 points per game and 4.1 steals per game. Sophomore Annika Thayer has owned the paint this year with team highs in rebounds at 8.6 per game and blocks at 2.3 per game.
Part of what makes this year’s team a scary matchup for opposing squads has been Truckee’s ability to get hot from outside. Junior Elena Friedman has shown she can take over games with her shooting ability. Friedman has knocked in 43 3-pointers this season, and has hit 35 percent of her attempts, including a 6 of 8 performance from beyond the arc late in the year. Sophomore Emma Cooley missed about half the year due to injury, but came on strong at the end to finish with 19 3-pointers in 12 games played. Freshman Ryan Flynn has also showed an ability to light it up from deep, having connected on 30 percent of her attempts from the 3-point line.
Truckee is set to tipoff against Fernley in the first round of the six-team Northern League tournament at 6:20 p.m. at North Valleys High School in Reno.
The winner of the matchup will face No. 1 seed Churchill County the following day at North Valleys.
North Tahoe boys return to playoffs
For the second consecutive year, the North Tahoe boys’ basketball team qualified for the Class 2A Northern League playoffs.
Last year the Lakers entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, before being knocked out in the first round by Battle Mountain. This year, North Tahoe comes into the Northern League tournament as the No. 5 seed and will face off against No.4 seed Silver Stage.
North Tahoe (12-11, 6-9 Northern League) fell 50-39 earlier in the season to Silver Stage (13-8, 9-6).
The game between the Lakers and the Nighthawks is set to tip at 8 p.m. at Sparks High School.
Truckee boys close year with wins in 2 of last 3
It was a tough season for the Truckee boys’ basketball team.
Injuries took a toll on a young team, but the Wolverines showed signs of improvement late in the year with wins in two of their final three games of the season to finish with a Class 3A Northern League record of 3-14.
Sophomore Ethan Flynn led Truckee in scoring at 13.3 points per game and hit a team-high 39 3-pointers on 30 percent shooting. Junior Isaac Cruz was second on the team in scoring with 11.0 points per game.
Truckee (8-14) last reached the postseason in the 2012-13 season.
The Wolverines will graduate seniors Elliot Rost, Dalton Pruyn, Sawyer Thompson, Jack Egan and Hayden Hunt.
Lady Lakers continue to build
The North Tahoe girls’ basketball team may have finished the year with a 3-20 record, but for a program looking to build going forward behind first-year head coach Jason Flesock, the trio of victories marks the most wins in a season since the 2012-13 campaign.
This year’s team will lose seniors Leslie Rodriguez, Alejandra Rodriguez and captain Merrill Green.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.