Truckee girls play big in posting first win of year
On December 15, the Truckee girls’ varsity basketball team found what it was after: a win.
After two frustrating early season games, the TNT offense finally came alive and together, as the Wolverines mauled the Whittell Warriors 68-32.
The Wolverines jumped to an early lead, putting 10 points on the board. Scoring early allowed coach Merriman to substitute often, giving every player on the bench ample playing time. The energy of the TNT offense was contagious, as the girls came together to form a driving offense and impenetrable defense.
“The girls were moving around a lot more – we did a good job in a lot of different areas,” said Merriman.
The Wolverines only committed nine turnovers, and shot over 50 percent from the line. Heather Shove and Emily DeCarlo hustled under the net, resulting in tough rebounding and improving Wolverine possession from the team’s last two games.
Shove posted six offensive and three defensive rebounds for the day, establishing herself as an everpresent force under the basket. DeCarlo had seven defensive rebounds to show for her efforts, translating possession into key baskets for the Wolverines.
Lauren Gordon added 20 points despite not feeling well throughout most of the game. Shove also netted 15 points for the Wolverines, followed by DeCarlo with eight points and Sydney Stokes with six.
“A win does a lot really quickly,” Merriman noted, as the girls continued to look strong and fluid in their play this week in practice. Saturday’s game against Yerington was canceled due to the meningitis scare.
The girls will continue to practice the next two weeks to prepare for their next game against Yerington on January 3.
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