Truckee girls shooting for postseason
Starting with Wednesday’s rivalry match-up at North Tahoe, Truckee High girls basketball coach Angelo Tenorio said every contest will be treated like a playoff game.
If the Wolverines’ performance on Dollar Hill is any measure, Truckee should do well in the postseason, as they defeated the Lakers 55-33.
North Tahoe, as has been the case all season, was plagued by turnovers and lack of conversion on simple baskets created by great defensive plays.
Truckee’s defense was tight and the pressure was high, keeping those key Laker shots out of the basket.
“Our defense in general created a lot of really positive opportunities on offense for us,” Tenorio said.
Tenorio said that he knew the game would be tough, and that his team’s goal was to get through the first quarter into a more settled game of basketball.
His girls did just that.
North Tahoe honored its senior players in what was the Lakers’ last home game of the season by starting all five. With a season that has seen key performances come from underclassmen, the senior Laker starters kept things close, and the first quarter closed out with Truckee ahead by only three points.
As the game wore on, the Wolverines slowly built a lead and gradually left North Tahoe behind.
Heading into the locker room at the half, Truckee led 25-17.
While North Tahoe’s defense was strong and effective, as usual, it was key baskets and outside shooting percentage that held the Lakers back.
“It comes down to getting the offensive side of the equation down,” head Laker coach Scott Conn said.
While it was that conversion factor between winning the ball and putting up points that plagued North Tahoe, it was a consistency in that exact area that set Truckee apart.
That disparity was visible in the stat book, with Truckee’s Breanne Busby leading the scoring with 16 points and Kelly Stephens contributing 14 points and Megan Kotko eight.
North Tahoe was led by senior Joelle Lazzareschi ” who was tenacious and fiery as usual ” with seven points. Kelly Hester and Brit Johnson both put six points on the board.
As Conn said after the game, North Tahoe has a chance to make it into the playoffs. If the Lakers can take down two of its final three opponents, that chance may very well become a reality.