Truckee JV girls remain unbeaten in league play
The Truckee High junior varsity girls basketball team began the second half of league play by defeating Lowry and Spring Creek, the second- and third-place teams in Northern 3A, to remain a perfect 10-0.
The Spartans arrived on Friday to avenge their home loss to Truckee. The Wolverines were more than ready for the challenge, using defense and balanced scoring to hold Spring Creek scoreless in the first and fourth quarters as seven different Truckee players scored.
Kati Murphy led the Wolverines with eight points and 10 rebounds while Arion Farley hit the only 3-pointer in the third quarter to establish control of the game.
On Saturday, Lowry also came to town to settle a home loss to the Wolverines. The second-place Buckaroos started off slowly with only two points in the first quarter to Truckee’s 10, but turned up the heat by matching the Truckee girls point for point in the second quarter.
With Truckee in front 18-10 at the half, a fired-up Lowry team outscored the Wolverines 10-0 in the third quarter to take 20-18 lead. The Lowry lead marked the first time all year that the Lady Wolverines fell behind after the second quarter.
Before the fourth quarter started, Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens sat the girls down and said, “What’s the worst thing that can happen? You lose, big deal. Each of you is trying to correct your team play individually. Go out and play together and good things will happen.”
The Wolverines opened the quarter with eight straight points and finished with 15 in the fourth quarter while holding Lowry to four.
Callan Finney was the star off the bench, scoring 15 points and blocking several shots. Kati Murphy added six points and Katy Stephens five, while Annie Rodriguez and Brooke Griffin took turns shutting down the Lowry backcourt.
The weekend victories gave the Wolverines a season sweep of both Spring Creek and Lowry for the first time in at least five years, Stephens said.
Truckee hosts Sparks on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Incline on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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