Truckee varsity girls finish strong |

Truckee varsity girls finish strong

The Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines varsity girls’ basketball team finished stronger than it had all year in the regular season’s finale against the North Tahoe Lakers.

Truckee defeated the North Tahoe Lakers, 54-24, tallying its biggest 3A Division I win of the season. The victory moved the Wolverines (3-5, 4-7) into a third place seed heading into the playoffs that will be played tomorrow at Fernley.

Truckee never trailed in the game against North Tahoe. The Wolverines jumped to an early 8-2 lead halfway through the first quarter and never looked back. By halftime, the lead had been extended to 26-14. Erin DeMont and Heather Shove contributed seven and eight points, respectively, for Truckee in the half. Cecily Gehring and Tracie Prado scored seven points apiece to account for all of North Tahoe’s points.

North Tahoe was held to three points in the third quarter and seven in the fourth. Meanwhile, Truckee scored eight third quarter points before exploding for 19 points in the fourth quarter.

DeMont finished as the game’s leading scorer with 17 points. DeMont, in the last three games of the season, came alive, scoring 18, 16 and 17 points against Battle Mountain, Spring Creek and Fernley. Lauren Gordon had 11 points in the victory, Shove scored 10 points and Shauna Murray had eight points. Gehring finished the game with eight points, leading the Lakers. Prado finished with seven points and Lindsey Baldwin had four points.

This is Truckee’s third consecutive season entering into the playoffs seeded third.

North Tahoe (0-8, 4-17) finished the season without a win in the division, suffering eight losses in as many games.

“They had a lot of heart and desire,” North Tahoe Head Coach Justin Caruthers said, “just not a lot of talent.”

Division playoffs

The Wolverines will play the Spring Creek Spartans tomorrow at Fernley. The starting time has yet to be announced.

Spring Creek and the Fernley Vacqueros both finished the season with a 7-1 record. The Spartans defeated the Vacqueros, 52-37, last Saturday, but needed a 16-point win in order to claim the division title. If Truckee wins, they will play the winner of the game between Fernley and the Battle Mountain Longhorns. Provided a loss, they will play the loser of the same game. The top three teams move on to the state competition.

Truckee was swept by the Vacqueros and the Spartans this season but went undefeated against the Battle Mountain team.

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