Truckee handles North Shore rival
Physical, scrappy, hard-fought all describes Wednesday’s contest between the Truckee and North Tahoe high girls basketball teams.
Playing its first game of the season, host Truckee defeated its North Shore rival 61-31 in a match-up that extended well into the night because of fouls. Lots of them.
“It was pretty physical,” said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio.
The Lakers shot 45 free throws and the Wolverines 18. The percentage of those made was the difference, as North Tahoe managed to convert on only 16 ” or 36 percent.
“If we made our free throws it’s a different game,” said Scott Conn, head coach of the Lakers.
Truckee, however, hit only seven free throws ” roughly 39 percent.
The first league game of the season, neither team looked comfortable early on.
“I think the first half we played pretty nervous. It took the girls a while to settle down,” Tenorio said, adding that he switched to 2-3 zone after several players picked up multiple fouls, including seniors Nikki Panziera, Kelly Stephens, Lindsay Holt and Alexis Fallow. “Some of the younger girls really stepped up when the older players got in foul trouble.”
Junior Breanne Busby, a center, led the way for the Wolverines with 15 points and six rebounds while Fallow and Holt added 10 points apiece.
For North Tahoe, Kacie Conn scored a team-high 10 points, and Joelle Lazzareschi posted eight points and five rebounds.
“We knew it was going to be a good test,” Scott Conn said. “Truckee is extremely fast and very physical. But I thought we had a good showing, particularly in the first half.”
The Wolverines took a 25-15 lead into the half before outscoring their opponent 17-3 in the third quarter. North Tahoe rebounded in the fourth quarter to put up 13 points to Truckee’s 19.
Just as the Lakers began to build momentum in the second half with a pesky full-court press, senior guard Bridgette Kimmey went down hard on a contact play while taking the ball up court. Kimmey remained on the floor, writhing in pain face down as coaches and teammates rushed to her side. She then was carried off the court and taken to the hospital, her coach said.
Scott Conn said that Kimmey suffered a partial dislocation of her knee, and that he could see swelling through the brace she wore.
“She’s a very resilient young lady,” he said. ” But if she were to be out that would be quite a blow to our team …
“I think momentum changed at that point. It changed the psyche of our team.”
Truckee and North Tahoe meet again at North Tahoe on Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
North Tahoe 6 9 3 13 31
Truckee 14 11 17 19 61
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