Truckee sends hoops fans home with win
With a vocal crowd in attendance Wednesday night at Truckee High School, the Wolverines earned every bit of a hard-fought 53-45 victory against Incline.
“Our post guys showed up tonight” coach Keith Crawford said. “They did an excellent job of boxing out, and that was probably the difference in the game.”
Brandon Peterson, a 6-foot junior shooting guard, had an effect on the game as well. Peterson led the Wolverines with 20 points while hitting nine of 10 free throws ” the one he missed irked him noticeably.
“I try to mostly concentrate on my free throws,” Peterson said. “It is a free shot.”
Jamie Maehler scored 11 points, and ignited Truckee fans several times with cleanly swatted shots. Kevin Embertson scored six points, and was one of the post guys who “showed up,” along with Maehler and Greg Shove.
Guards Drew Stewart and Paul Tierney each scored four points and pestered Incline’s guards relentlessly. John Hooper also chipped in on defense, as he broke up back-to-back passes late in the fourth quarter while Incline tried to stage a comeback.
Fans of both teams sat on the edges of their seats throughout most of the game, as the Highlanders remained within striking distance until near the end.
The first half was dominated by defense, as was evident by the half time score of 17-17. To begin the second half, both teams came out gunning, and hitting, shots. The pace of both offenses slowed near the end of the third quarter, but the Wolverines heated up in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Peterson was encouraged by the win.
“Our chemistry out there was good,” he said. “Everybody was looking for the ball, and looking to score, and people stepped up when we needed them to.”
The victory pleased coach Crawford, as well.
“I’m happy we got the win,” Crawford said. “You’ve got to give credit to Incline, but our guys came out and gave a great effort. It was a good win for the fans and a good win for the team.”
Peter Loeschner led the Highlanders with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Oytun Yagci added six points.
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Students from North Tahoe and Truckee recently made the trip to Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley to compete in the annual Kays Ostrom Invitational.