Two sophomores are likely starters for varsity team
The season hasn’t even begun and Mike Merriman, head coach of the Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines’ girls’ basketball team, has already been dealt a break.
Merriman, in his third year coaching the girls’ team and his ninth year coaching basketball at Tahoe-Truckee High School, was spared the process of elimination. Twelve players tried out for the 12 available spots on the 1999-2000 team.
“I basically got out what I expected,” said Merriman. “That’s the size of our school and the way things work around here. I would have liked to have had 30 or 40 players try out, but I wouldn’t want to cut them.”
The last two years, the Wolverines have made it to the state playoffs but were eliminated in the first round. Last year, the Wolverines were defeated, 74-43, by a Mineral County (Hawthorne) team that has been undefeated in 3A play for the last four seasons.
There are four returning letterman from last year’s team; Erin DeMont, Emily DeCarlo, Shauna Murray and Katie Mickelson.
DeMont, a senior, will be starting as a forward. DeMont is currently in San Diego and will miss a few games due to a family crisis.
“Erin is an excellent offensive player,” Merriman said. “She has an excellent touch … I just don’t know if and when she’s going to be back.”
DeCarlo, a junior, will also be starting as a forward.
Murray, a senior, will be playing as a guard
“[Murray] scored a lot as a sophomore at the junior varsity level,” Merriman said. “She didn’t do as well last year, but I’m looking for her to step up and score a lot this season.”
Juniors joining the team this year are Keely Carollo, Leilani Mullen, Teal Cutter and Cali Pratt.
“We’ve got a lot of youth,” Merriman said. “We’ll be fairly rough around the edges in the early going.”
Lauren Gorden, a sophomore slated to be starting at the point guard position, came up from the JV team to participate in the playoffs last season.
“She’s got an awful lot of talent,” Merriman said. “By the end of the season, she should be one of the better guards in the league.”
Another sophomore, Heather Shove, is expected to start at the center position.
“I think she’ll be really good,” Merriman said. “By the middle of the season I expect her to be very solid. She’s very aggressive.”
“We need to work on our depth,” Merriman said. “I don’t know how good a lot of these players will be at the varsity level.”
Merriman cited Gorden as the team’s biggest outside threat. He also said that he’s hoping to get a lot of points from Shove down in the paint.
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