RENO – The Elko girls basketball team entered the I-A North regional tournament needing two wins to advance to state. The first part of the process is complete, Elko beating Truckee 40-33 in the quarterfinal round Thursday at North Valleys High School.
Truckee junior Maddie Monson notched the first point of the game from the free-throw line, but Elko sophomore Lexi Baum followed with a base-line jumper from a pass by junior Alicia Marin.
Monson scored the first field goal of the game for Truckee, finishing after the Lady Wolverines had multiple chances at the bucket.
Senior Ashton Heathman grabbed an offensive board for the Lady Indians and scored on the left block, ending a three-minute drought.
Marin came away with a steal and finished with a layup, knocking down a free throw on Elko’s next possession.
Senior Siana Carsrud made a steal along the right sideline, taking the ball in strong for a layup. Marin capped a 9-0 run with a finish on the break after Heathman came up with a steal and launched the outlet pass.
Truckee called time out with 1:15 remaining in the quarter, trailing 11-3.
Truckee leading scorer and senior Sydney Mock scored her first points of the game on a hard drive down the right side of the lane, but Carsrud followed with a determined take of her own.
Carsrud launched a long outlet to Marin for the final score of the frame.
The Lady Indians led 15-5 after the first quarter.
Elko opened the second with a layup by Heathman, started by a steal by senior Ally Hendrix and assist by sophomore Gabe Rowley.
The Lady Wolverines took a timeout, trailing 17-5 with 5:47 remaining in the half.
Mock cut off the passing lane and raced the other way for a layup, and junior Marlena Montano added another deuce.
Heathman buried a corner triple on an assist by Carsrud, but Mock answered with an “And 1” for the Lady Wolverines with a floater along the end line.
Montano found a hole in the Elko defense and scored an uncontested deuce on the left block.
Baum finished inside after a nice look from senior Lynsey O’Donnell, but Montano found another wide-open layup for Truckee.
Carsrud netted the final field goal of the game on a fast-break outlet by Marin, who started the transition with a steal.
The Lady Wolverines outscored the Lady Indians 11-9 in the second quarter, but Elko led 24-16 at the break.
Mock opened the second quarter with a two, but Baum knocked down a free throw for the Lady Indians.
Elko’s defense improved as the quarter progressed, and Truckee became patient with its offense – too patient.
The Lady Wolverines went cold from the field, and Truckee never scored a point after its first possession of the third.
Heathman scored on an assist by Marin, and Carsrud buried two from the line. Marin scored the final four points of the third quarter, knocking down a runner along the base line and finishing after a steal and assist by Heathman.
Elko scored nine points in the third period, limiting Truckee to a single field goal.
The Lady Indians led 33-18 entering the final frame.
Rowley knocked down a three from the left wing to start the fourth for Elko, followed by a bucket by O’Donnell and a great pass from Carsrud, opening a 20-point lead at 38-18.
Monson found the range on a 10-foot jumper for Truckee, stopping a scoreless spell that last for more than an entire period.
Elko junior Paige Zeller sank two free throws after being fouled on an offensive board.
Truckee senior Adela Ortiz finished for the Lady Wolverines, followed by a steal and layup by Mock. She followed with a free throw, sinking three more from charity stripe after being fouled on a three, capping an 8-0 run for the Lady Wolverines.
Elko’s offense had trouble maintaining possession of the ball down the stretch, making silly passes and turnovers.
Mock drew another foul while going to the basket, making one of two free throws with 30 seconds remaining, Elko on top 40-29.
She knocked down two more from the stripe, and Monson cashed a long two at the buzzer – but the game belonged to Elko – with the Lady Indians taking a 40-33 win.
Marin finished as the only Lady Indian in double figures, scoring 11 points. Heathman finished with nine points, and Carsrud netted eight points – six coming in the first half. Baum closed with five points, and Rowley finished with three.
Mock led all scorers with 18 points, 11 after halftime. Monson scored seven points, four in the fourth quarter. Montano finished six points, all coming in the second quarter. Ortiz finished with two points.
Truckee – 5 – 11 – 2 – 15 – 33 Total
Elko – 15 – 9 – 9 – 7 – 40 Total
“When we got the lead, it was a good chance to get some of younger players in the game,” said Elko coach Kaaren Ross. “We only scored 16 points in the second half. It wasn’t a pretty game, but it is another win – and our season continues.”
Elko will play No. 2 seed Lowry at 3 p.m. in the regional semifinal, the winner advancing to the regional championship and the state tournament.