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Truckee girls split games last week

JAMES BALL, Sierra Sun

The Tahoe-Truckee High School girls’ basketball team lost a close one to Manogue and took an easy victory against Whittell in play last week.

Taking on Manogue Tuesday, Dec. 8, the girls lost 53-48 in a strong Wolverine showing, but one which head coach Mike Merriman said was “just not good enough.”

“It was close,” Merriman said, “but we had some big problems.”

Those problems included foul trouble and inability to convert more than 50 percent of foul shots.

Manogue converted 14 of 27 free throws while Truckee only made four of 12.

On the other hand, Truckee outshot Mangoue in field goals 22-18.

“Manogue was tougher down low than we thought they would be,” he said. “We saw them at the Fernley Tournament, but I was actually surprised at how tough they were in the low post area.”

Corrie Crom led Truckee in scoring with 15 points. Becca Shook, Lindsey Back and Shannon Holland each scored seven points.

On Thursday, Truckee shut down Whittell in a 47-23 victory which saw only two Whittell players score.

“That sort of thing has been their problem,” said Merriman, adding that, although Whittell manages to pull volleyball players into their program, it has not been able to put together a solid basketball program in recent years.

Grace Kennely and Shook each scored eight points, while Back and Holland each put away six.

On Tuesday, Truckee traveled to the Manogue Tournament and played Incline at home last night, but results were not available at press time.

The girls do not play again until Jan. 8, when league play kicks off with Battle Mountain at TTHS.

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