The Nevada Union girls basketball team is really starting to roll, winning its fourth game in four days and fifth straight overall.
The Lady Miners took down Mission San Jose Friday night, 63-46, to advance to the Wine Valley Tournament final.
The game was closer than the score would indicate, as Mission San Jose at one point held a third-quarter lead, but Nevada Union outplayed the Lady Warriors down the stretch to earn the 17-point victory.
Sydney Porter was the high scorer for NU with 16 points. Kaylin Martin added 14 points and was dead on from deep, hitting 4-of-5 3-pointers.
Junior point guard Erin Selleck added 11 points, Sammy DeHart scored all nine of her points in the fourth quarter, and Melanie O’Brien chipped in seven in the win.
NU (8-3) will take on the winner of the Davis vs. Morro Bay matchup for the tourney championship at 3 p.m. today.
JV: Nevada Union 58,
The Lady Miners advanced to the Bella Vista Tournament title game Friday by trampling the Lady Bulldogs.
Sarah Lundmark scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds and burgled the Lady Bulldogs for eight steals to lead NU. Grace Paye put in 14 points to go with eight rebounds and three assists, Callie Kraus scored 11 and dished out four assists, and freshmen Ella Walton chipped in eight points in the win.
The Lady Miners (6-5) will take on the winner of the Sacramento vs. Del Oro matchup for the tourney title.
Frosh: Nevada Union 43, Rocklin 29
Behind a balanced attack, the Lady Miners cruised past Rocklin Friday and into the Bella Vista Tournament championship today.
Natalie Weaver and Rachieal McKnight led the Lady Miners with eight points apiece. Sofia Van Valkenberg led the team in rebounds with nine and nabbed six steals, Audrey Jacus filled the stat sheet with six points, five rebounds and five assists, and Chelsea Rodriguez added five assists, four rebounds and three points.
NU will face the winner of the Bella Vista vs. Whitney matchup in the tourney finals today.
Bear River 71,
Forest Lake Christian 33
In a matchup of schools separated by just a few miles, the Bruins earned bragging rights with a lopsided win over the Falcons.
Bear River took a 22-4 lead in the first quarter and held a 41-10 lead at half as it breezed to a 38-point victory.
Justin Beskeen led the Bruins with a team-high 20 points, and Travis Anderson chipped in 11 in the win. Michael Raigoza led the defensive effort, forcing turnovers that led to easy transition baskets.
The Bruins (6-1) hit the court again today in the Victory Christian Tournament championship game.
JV: Bear River 76,
The Bruins opened up tournament play at the Forest Lake Tournament with a blowout win over Foresthill.
Dave Maestrella led Bear River with 17 points. David O’Brien and Travis Whitehead also scored in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The staunch Bruin defense was led by Kyle Uclaray.
Reno 59, Nevada Union 52
The Miners got off to a slow start, charged back to take the lead, but in the end they fell to Reno by seven.
After the Miners gave up 19 points in the first quarter, they held Reno to just eight in the second, but a poor scoring quarter from the Miners in the third sank their chances at a victory.
Nolan Stefani provided a spark for NU off the bench with 17 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter.
Cody Gardner added 15 points in the loss.
NU (4-5) will look to rebound with a win today when they face Spanish Springs.
JV: Nevada Union 50, Reno 43
The Miners trailed for most the game against Reno, but a strong defensive push in the second half led to a seven-point Nevada Union victory.
Led by the defensive efforts of freshman call up Mario Edwards, the Miners pressed Reno into multiple mistakes, resulting in a dismal 12 points for the Huskies in the second half.
Leading the NU offense was Daniel Carter with a team-high 20 points, Toby Carter added seven, and Trevor Humpherys chipped in nine points in the victory.
The Miners will look to make it three in a row this week today when they face Spanish Springs.