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Truckee girls storm back to beat Yerington

Sylas WrightSierra Sun
Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun file photoTruckees Nikki Panziera (4) dives for a loose ball as teammate Breanne Busby tries to help on Monday night.
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The Truckee High girls basketball team earned every bit of Mondays 52-47 home win over Yerington.We had to fight hard for that one, said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio, whose team outscored Yerington 22-6 in the fourth quarter to pull off the come-from-behind victory.Truckee (2-0, 5-1), which traded jabs with a potent Yerington offense for most of the first half, resulting in six lead changes, fell behind 24-17 by the end of the second quarter as the Lions went on an 11-3 run.Led by 5-foot-11 post player Kayla Lommori and Carrie Quartz, a transfer from Reed who finished with a game-high 22 points, the Lions (0-1, 7-1) took advantage of the physical play allowed by the refs by forcing their will in the paint both offensively and defensively.Though Truckee held its own in the rebounding department junior Breanne Busby finished with 7 offensive rebounds (8 total) and 8 points its players had trouble scoring inside due to the contact.The girls got a little frustrated, said Tenorio, whose team led by as many as 4 twice during the opening quarter. Yerington is a very physical team, very aggressive, and they work hard. That was a good team we beat, so Im proud of the girls.Quartz and Lommori, who finished with 12 points, continued to lead their team in the second half, building a 13-point lead midway through the third quarter with sharp shooting and muscle under the bucket. By the end of the third, Yerington led 41-30 and seemingly had figured out how to break Truckees full-court press.But the Wolverines had no intention of rolling over, or letting up on their relentless man-to-man pressure in the backcourt.We thought we could definitely come back because this year we have a good team, said junior guard Meghan Kotko, who scored 8 points on the night. We know we have all the talent to come back like that.Kotko helped initiate the comeback, beginning with a pair of free throws to start the final quarter.That was just the start of a torrid fourth quarter for the Wolverines, as junior Melanie Lashbrook scored next on an offensive rebound putback and senior Kelly Stephens followed with her own pair of free throws after being fouled hard on a drive into the paint.Kotko then hit a shot from the top of the key and Busby added another bucket inside. Suddenly, the Wolverines trailed by only a single point, 41-40, as a result of the 10-0 run.With 3:05 remaining in the contest, junior guard Kelsey Shalvis tied the score at 43 with a three-point play completed at the free throw line.Stephens, who led the Wolverines in scoring with 15, explained how her team came alive during the fourth.We kind of fed off the crowd, and that helped us a lot, she said, referring to Truckees student section that grew more vocal as the Wolverines heated up. Then we just found the heart and played defense.Smothering defense. And the Lions didnt handle it well as the Wolverines created one turnover after another to help spark the run.They played defense, and defense led to all our offense, especially in the fourth quarter, Tenorio said.After two more lead changes, the Wolverines pulled in front for good when Shalvis made one of two free throws with 1:38 remaining. Yerington did not score again as Truckee extended its lead to the final score of 52-47.All the way around they did a great job, Tenorio said of his team. … It ended up being an incredible win for us.


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