Moapa to meet Truckee Friday
The Moapa Valley Pirates, whose football coach started a coalition to oust Truckee from the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, faces the defending boys state 3A basketball champions Friday in the tournament semifinals at Lawlor Events Center in Reno.
The teams won decisive quarterfinal games on Thursday, setting up the 10:35 a.m. showdown Friday.
In Thursday’s state action:
Moapa Valley 63, Dayton 50
Center Jed Wheeler scored 14 points to lead Moapa Valley to a 63-50 win in the 3A tournament’s first round.
The Pirates built a 47-42 lead after three and outscored the Dust Devils 16-8 in the final frame to advance to a semifinal matchup Friday against Truckee.
Dayton’s Anthony Martinez scored a game-high 15 points, including nine points off a trio of three-pointers. Junior teammate Robby Silverman poured in 13 in the loss.
Tahoe-Truckee 72, Virgin Valley 56
Truckee junior Mark Logan scored 17 of his 29 points in the second half to lead a balanced attack in a 72-56 win over Virgin Valley.
Four Wolverines scored in double figures to pace the squad, which also connected on seven three-pointers.
Bulldog forward Josh Leavitt led an undersized Virgin Valley team with 13 points, including 3-for-3 from the line.
Moapa Valley 65, Fernley 47
Six-foot-three senior forward Jordan Adams keyed a third-quarter burst that helped the Pirates cruise to a 65-47 opening-round victory over Fernley.
Moapa Valley took a 26-20 lead into halftime, but paced by Adam’s six third quarter points, branded the Vaqueros with a 21-13 run in the third.
Guard Jamie Wagner led Fernley with 20 points, including 4 of 4 from the free throw line.
Spring Creek 67, Virgin Valley 56
Forwards Sarah MacDonald and Kelly Miller joined forces for a one-two punch that proved to be the decisive edge in Spring Creek’s 67-56 win over Virgin Valley.
The duo netted 43 points on the night, including 25 of the team’s 41 first-half points. The Spartans will face Boulder City in the tournament’s semifinal round Friday.
Senior Mindy Woods led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
Hawthorne 74, Tahoe-Truckee 43
Heralded Hawthorne junior Ashlee Orndorff scored 25 points to lead the Serpents to a 74-43 snakebiting of Truckee.
Hawthorne will continue its run for a state title in a Friday matchup against Moapa Valley.
Lindsay Back and Grace Kennelly each scored nine points to pace the Wolverines.
Boulder City 67, Bishop Manogue 54 2OT
The Eagles pitched a shutout in the second extra period and threw up a baker’s dozen of their own in the same frame to top the Miners in a 67-54 victory.
Boulder City senior Kara Lundgaard scored 22 of her game-high 33 points from the fourth quarter on to pace the Eagles. The game was tied at 43 at the end of regulation, and knotted at 54 after one overtime.
Boulder City will face Spring Creek Friday at 9 a.m.
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