Truckee girls win overtime thriller at Fernley
The Truckee High girls basketball team remains in third place in the Northern 3A league standings after a 59-56 overtime win at Fernley on Saturday.
“It was a good game,” Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio said. “Fernley played really well … Their kids stepped it up and did an incredible job.”
Truckee improved to 10-4 in league (16-6 overall) while the fifth-place Vaqueros dropped to 8-5. Spring Creek is in first place at 14-0, and Lowry is second at 12-2.
The only playoff spot still to be decided is for the third seed between Truckee and Yerington (9-5), which hosts the Wolverines on Friday.
Saturday’s contest remained close throughout as the Vaqueros and Wolverines traded leads on a number of occasions. It also was a physical game, with a total of 80 free throws ” Truckee was 28-of-42 from the line and Fernley 17-for-38.
“It was a tough battle all the way through. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers and not being able to take care of the ball,” Tenorio said, adding that the Wolverines turned the ball over several times on outlet passes in the backcourt ” once in the final minute to allow the Vaqueros to cut into a four-point Truckee lead before eventually tying the score at the end of regulation.
Despite Kelsey Shalvis, Meghan Kotko and Lindsay Holt fouling out late in the game, the Wolverines managed to edge an energetic Vaqueros squad fighting for a playoff seed on their home court.
“They kind of out-hustled us,” Tenorio said. “We had to fight for our lives in that one.”
Truckee senior point guard Kelly Stephens had a game-high 23 points ” and was 10-of-13 at the free throw line ” and junior Breanne Busby scored 21. Busby connected on 11-of-14 free throws. Fernley’s April Shaw put in 18 points to lead the Vaqueros.
The Wolverines host Dayton on Wednesday at 6 p.m. before ending their regular season at Yerington on Friday. Postseason begins the following week, with match-ups and start times to be announced.