Varsity girls basketball team wins big before playoffs
The lady Wolverines put on an emphatic display of their preparedness for playoffs in the final league game Saturday in Truckee.
For a while there, about the time the score reached 15-0, it seemed Truckee was working toward a shutout against Dayton (6-10, 7-18). But the Dust Devils managed to post two points before the first quarter came to an end, with the score 17-2. By the time it was over, the scoreboard read 54-24 in favor of the home team.
“The girls came out and played incredibly well,” Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio said. “They’re starting to peak at just the right time ” before playoffs.”
The Wolverines dominated play from the outset with relentless, pestering defense and hustle on every possession.
Dayton had a hard time getting the ball across halfcourt much less getting off a shot. When the Dust Devils were able to fire up a shot, a Wolverine usually pulled down the rebound and gunned the ball out to a teammate already sprinting past everyone on her way to an easy layup.
“We were just really excited,” said senior forward Erica Rice, explaining how her team managed to win so easily. “We’ve come a long way this year.”
Senior guard Corina Mincey agreed about the Wolverines’ improvement.
“I think we’ve just come together as a team,” Mincey said. “We work hard in practice, and it’s worked out for us.”
Besides diligence and team chemistry, the Wolverines have talent down to the last player on the bench. That much was evident Saturday as Tenorio rotated every player into the game.
“I don’t have a weak spot at all,” Tenorio said. “It’s a very special team and a great group of girls.”
With everybody contributing to the rout on seniors night, the girls couldn’t help but have a blast.
“It was a lot of fun. You could feel the crowd,” Rice said. “It’s sad. We’re gonna’ miss that.”
Following the win over Dayton, the Wolverines were brimming with confidence.
“They know they have a chance to do something special,” Tenorio said, “so they’re really working towards their goal, which is to make it to state.”
Mincey confirmed that the team is not taking postseason lightly.
“We’re gonna’ work our butts off and try our best,” she said. “I’m pretty confident in us.”
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