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Truckee girls perform well in North Valleys tourney

Staff reports

The Truckee High girls basketball team went 3-1 and won the consolation championship competing against all Nevada 4A programs during the North Valleys Tournament over the weekend in Reno.

“We played real well all the way around,” Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio said. “Very balanced scoring.”

The Wolverines defeated South Tahoe 66-35 in the consolation championship on Saturday to improve to 4-1 overall on the season. Truckee remains 1-0 in Northern 3A league play.

Senior guard Kelly Stephens, who was named to the all-tournament team, led Truckee in scoring with 19 points in the consolation championship, while juniors Breanne Busby and Lindsay Holt posted 10 points apiece.

“I was really pleased with the way they worked together,” Tenorio said. “I wasn’t sure how they’d do against the 4A. But I was very happy with the way they played.”

Truckee dropped its first game of the tournament 47-41 against Douglas on Thursday, then bounced back with a 54-36 win over Hug on Friday and a 47-38 win over Fallon Saturday morning.

Despite the loss on Thursday, Tenorio said he was impressed with the Wolverines’ showing against a quality Douglas squad, particularly in the second half. After falling behind 32-11 after two quarters, Truckee outscored the Tigers 30-15 down the stretch, pulling to within 3 points with less than a minute to play. But the Tigers’ Kristin Wyatt hit a big 3-pointer to help her team pull away.

Douglas head coach Werner Christen was impressed with the Wolverines.

“You know, Truckee is a very athletic team and they really did a good job of crashing the boards but Dana (Pardee, Douglas’ 6-foot-2 post) did a great job against that,” he said.

Holt led Truckee scorers against Douglas with 14 points. Stephens and Busby had 8 points each and senior guard Alexis Fallow finished with 6.

Stephens also led the way against Hug and Fallon, posting 21 and 16 points, respectfully.

Busby had 9 points against Hug while Holt picked up 7 and Nicole Panziera 6.

Against Fallon, Busby posted 10 points, Fallow 9 and Holt 8.

Tenorio said he enjoyed watching his team work together throughout the tournament, as well as play tough defense and rebound.

“Our defense was great and they boxed out and rebounded really well. The girls are figuring that out and it’s creating a lot of fast break opportunities,” he said.

Truckee hosts Yerington today at 6 p.m. The game was rescheduled from its original Dec.16 date.


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