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Growing pains

The Union Staff

John HartNU's Ali Parrot (3) lays the ball in, as Molly Compton (31) watches.

Nevada Union coach Craig Strohm knew his young Lady Miners would take some lumps in the early going – such as Friday’s 53-36 loss to an experienced Elk Grove team – but he’s also seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

“In some ways, this is good,” said Strohm, whose Lady Miners are hosting their annual Rotary Classic tournament. “We’re playing really good teams and it’s challenging for us. It gives us great perspective on what we need to do and where we need to get.

“If I had my druthers, this is right where we’d want to be, playing seasoned, veteran teams.”

Things were going well early on Friday, as NU led 14-11 after the first quarter. But when the Lady Miners broke the sideline huddle between periods, they must have left their shooting touch behind.

NU scored just four points in the quarter, but stayed in the game by limiting the Thundering Herd to an eight-point output in the period. The Lady Miners trailed 19-18 at the break.

Then came the third quarter – and along with it, a decisive run by the Herd. Elk Grove outscored the Miners 23-11 in the period for a 42-29 cushion after three quarters.

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“We’re searching for any kind of basket, any point we can get,” Strohm said. “If we go cold, we struggle. Ali Daley had a double-double, and that’s great for her.

“But we’re not getting enough balance. When we run into solid, experienced teams – especially ones that have a post presence like Elk Grove – we’re having trouble.”

Daley led the Miners in scoring with 11 points. Ali Parrot had six points, and Tracy Malone and Heather Gore each added five.

Nevada Union faces Laguna Creek for third place at 2 p.m. today.

Elk Grove and Folsom tip off the Rotary Classic Championship game at 3:30 p.m.

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