TRUCKEE, California – With two games remaining in the regular season, the Division 3A North girls regional basketball postseason is virtually set – as far as teams that is.
Pencil in Fallon as the No. 1 seed, currently unbeaten with a 14-0 record.
Truckee is locked into the No. 6 position for the regional tournament after falling at home Friday in a 41-39 ballgame to Spring Creek, losing another close contest Saturday to Elko.
The Lady Indians improved to 9-5 league play with a 40-33 victory over the Lady Wolverines in Elko’s final road game of the season, giving the Lady Indians four-consecutive victories and tying Elko for fourth place in the standings.
Truckee edged Elko 12-11 in the first period, led by two 3s from freshman Emma Cooley.
Senior Lauryn Drake led the Lady Indians with four points in the first.
After a slow start, Elko’s offense dropped off even more in the second quarter – notching just eight points.
Truckee also experienced a falloff and played the second frame evenly with Elko, mounting eight points of its own.
Junior Alexis Elquist hit her second three of the game in the second period, tying senior teammate Sariah Pulley’s three-point period.
At halftime, Truckee led 21-20.
The difference in the outcome of the contest was not Elko’s ability to score points, but the Lady Indians rose to the occasion on the defensive end of the floor in the second half.
Elko tallied the same number of points in the second half as it did in the first – tallying 20 – scoring 12 in the third quarter and eight in the fourth.
Elquist poured in her third three of the game in the third and scored eight in the period, Elko earning four points apiece from Drake and senior Lexi Baum down the stretch.
The Lady Indians only allowed 13 points in the final two frames, six in the third and seven in fourth.
The defensive effort allowed for a 40-33 victory over the Lady Wolverines.
Elquist scored a game-high 13 points and knocked down three 3s, joined in double digits by 10 points from Drake.
Pulley finished with nine points, followed by eight points from Baum.
The Lady Indians will need more contributions from their roster – as Elquist, Drake, Pulley and Baum were the only four players who scored for Elko.
Sophomore Emily Monson led Truckee with eight points, Cooley finished with six and senior Izzy Ibarno added five.
ELKO – 11 – 8 – 12 – 8 – 40 Total
TRUCKEE – 6 – 15 – 10 – 13 – 33 Total
“It wasn’t pretty. We were really flat and slow,” said Elko coach Kaaren Ross. “We got the needed win, but we have to be much better if we want to win out and move up in the standings.”
With the top and bottom of the postseason seeds set, the real jumble now lies from No. 2 through No. 5.
Spring Creek is currently second in the league with a record of 11-3, followed by Lowry at 10-4.
Elko and Fernley are tied at 9-5, the final two games for each squad looming huge in gaining a potential first-round bye or a No. 3 seed and avoiding the 4-5 matchup in the regional quarterfinal – the winner of which having to face defending state champion Fallon in the semifinal with a berth to state on the line.
The Lady Indians will play No. 2 Spring Creek at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Gymnasium, the Lady Spartans hosting Lowry at 6 p.m. Friday in Spring Creek.
Elko will close the regular season with a 1 p.m. tipoff Saturday against the Lady Buckaroos.