The Truckee girls basketball team defeated visiting Fernley 46-30 in a Division I-A crossover game Tuesday.
The Wolverines - facing the Vaqueros shorthanded with injuries and illness - played a nearly flawless first half to take a big lead into the break, said head coach Geoff Stephens.
The second half was just the opposite, however, as Truckee allowed Fernley to trim a 25-point lead down to 11.
"I was letting the girls figure stuff out on their own, but we are really sick and injured too," Stephens said. "No excuse, but it doesn't help, and Fernley figured out who was hurt."
Despite their struggles, the Wolverines managed to fend off the Vaqueros for the win. It was the teams' first meeting since Fernley upset Truckee, 57-51, in the opening round of the regional playoffs last season.
"It's always a good game against them," Stephens said.
Senior forward Sydnie English led Truckee with 21 points. Senior point guard Katey Hamill contributed 10 points and senior forward Jackie Bolton finished with seven points.
The Wolverines are scheduled to play four home games in the next week. They host Fallon on Friday at 6 p.m., Lowry on Saturday at 2 p.m., Quincy on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Wooster on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The Truckee boys lost 57-53 to visiting Fernley on Tuesday.
According to high school sports website Maxprep.com, the Vaqueros took a 15-8 lead by the end of the first quarter, which proved to be the difference in the game as the Wolverines matched or exceeded the Vaqueros' scoring in each of the final three quarters.
Edwin Salse led the Vaqueros with 17 points. Fernley's Tim Klotz scored 14 points and Kevin Montgomery had 13.
Truckee's stats were not available.