Varsity girls basketball team set for state semifinal
The Lady Wolverines split two games over the weekend in the NIAA 3A Northern League Tournament.
Lowry, a No. 2 seed, beat No. 3-seeded Truckee 49-34 Friday in Winnemucca. Truckee then bounced back to defeat No. 4-seeded Fernley 61-51 on Saturday.
“We struggled a little because it was such a high-profile game,” Angelo Tenorio, Truckee’s head coach, said about the Lowry game. “We kind of took ourselves out emotionally. And early foul trouble really hurt us.”
After dropping both regular season games to Lowry, the Wolverines knew what they were up against.
“(Lowry) played really well,” Tenorio said. “They work the ball around and had balanced scoring, so it’s tough to beat that team. They’re also very well coached.”
Truckee senior Erica Rice finished with seven points, six rebounds and four steals against Lowry. Corina Mincey had seven points; Amanda Thorsby six points and two rebounds; Dani Turner five points and two rebounds; Breanne Busby four points and four rebounds; Amanda Beckman three points; Felicia Tenorio four rebounds; and Lindsey Holt four rebounds.
The Wolverines were much more efficient in Saturday’s game.
“Against Fernley we didn’t get into foul trouble,” Tenorio said. “We played as more of a team, and handled the pressure a lot better that game.”
Senior Felicia Tenorio, one of the starters who got into foul trouble early in the Lowry game, led the Wolverines with 13 points, three rebounds and three steals against Fernley.
Kelly Stephens finished with 12 points, three rebounds and three steals; Nicole Panziera had eight points, two rebounds and a steal; Corina Mincey six points, four rebounds and three steals; Breanne Busby six points, six rebounds and a steal; Amanda Beckman six points; Amanda Thorsby three points and nine rebounds; Erica Rice four points, five rebounds and three steals; Dani Turner three rebounds and a steal; and sophomore call-up Melanie Lashbrook two points and two rebounds.
The Wolverines will take a 2-1 postseason record and a No. 3 seed into the state semifinal game, where they will face the No. 1-seeded team from the South, Faith Lutheran, Friday at 3 p.m. at Spanish Springs High School. Whichever team wins that game plays the winner between Spring Creek, the No. 1 seed from the North, and Lowry for the state championship Saturday at noon at Lawlor Events Center in Reno.
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