Truckee girls wring out North Tahoe Lakers
Everything seemed to clicking for the Truckee High girls varsity team Wednesday night against North Tahoe. The scoreboard, which read 43-24 after the final buzzer, told the story.
For the Wolverines, Katie Malone dominated the paint and led the way with 12 points. Erica Rice, with her quick left-handed release from outside, scored 11. Kelly Stephens chipped in nine points, Katie Donaldson six, Amanda Thorsby four, Corina Mincey two and Felicia Tenorio one.
The Wolverines controlled the pace of the game from the start with a stingy defense that created one turnover after another. Team play and hustle also highlighted the victory.
“The girls, from top to bottom, played hard,” coach Angelo Tenorio said. “They really played together as a team, and it was a great win for us.”
Entering the final week of the regular season Truckee sits in third place and is guaranteed to make the playoffs, which start next Wednesday. The team will be tested this weekend, with games against the first and second place teams ” Fernely and Dayton.
“We would like to get one win over the weekend,” Tenorio said. “We’ll need to play error-free basketball, work hard on defense and take care of the ball.”
The Wolverines did all those things against North Tahoe, resulting in a big win over the school’s rival. Katie Malone described the rivalry.
“It’s really intense,” Malone said. “These games are always really fun. We get fired up. It’s definitely one of the most fun games.”
Malone, meanwhile, said she is shifting into playoff mode.
“I’m real excited about going to playoffs,” she said. “We need to play hard, stay focused and play as a team.”
Lorena Aguilar and Bridgette Kimmey led the Lakers with six points each. Cassie Kresy scored four points, Leah Wall three, Jenna Lonini two, Margo Stoner two and Joelle Lazzareschi one.
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