TAHOE CITY, Calif. - The Lakers' spirited winter homecoming crowd could only provide so much help against their longtime nemesis Friday night.
After hanging tough for one half against visiting Truckee, the North Tahoe girls basketball team fell victim to a hot-shooting third quarter by the Wolverines, who went on to win the Mount Rose League game 46-30.
"I thought the girls played great. They played hard and didn't give up. We had our opportunities, but you're not going to beat Truckee scoring 30 points," said North Tahoe head coach Rick Buhler.
The Wolverines led by a single-digit margin throughout the first half as the Lakers ended the second quarter with four points on a free throw by Sage Chador, an outside make by Sara Trimm and another free throw by Taylor Briggs.
After Trimm opened the third quarter with a fast-break layup, narrowing the score to 21-18, Truckee senior Sydnie English scored six consecutive points on slashes to the hoop to kickstart a 13-0 run. Senior guard Ashley Harris buried a 3-pointer during the run, which finally ended when Chador put back an offensive rebound.
But Harris was not done. She answered with another 3-pointer before Wood hit a 3 of her own to end the third quarter with Truckee leading 37-23. Harris made her third 3-point shot of the game in the opening minute of the fourth.
"I thought Cassandra Sawyer and Lauren Peak played tremendous defense, and the three 3s by Ashley Harris helped," said Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens, who also complimented the unselfish play of Diana Rosas and Karina Nunez, as well as English and Katey Hamill, who managed to hold North Tahoe senior Liz Buhler to six points.
English finished with a game-high 25 points while creating numerous turnovers. Harris scored nine and Jackie Bolton eight. Wood led the way for North Tahoe with 13 points, including two 3-pointers, while Trimm contributed 10 points and Chador five.
Truckee is now 9-7 overall and 2-0 in Mount Rose League play. North Tahoe is 6-7 overall and 0-2 in league.