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Back in play

Heather Gore, a junior forward for the Nevada Union girls basketball team, says she just hasn’t been feeling like her self on the court this year. That is until she unleashed a 21 point, eight rebound game on Granite Bay for a 48-34 Nevada Union Metro Conference win.

“I finally felt like my old self again,” Gore said. “After having such a good summer, I’ve been disappointed with how I’ve been playing this season. I don’t know if I just felt the pressure or what?”

After watching Gore fly around the court, dominating the Grizzlies in almost every aspect of the game – it was hard to see that she was carrying around any extra weight on her shoulders.

In fact, at the 6:55 mark in the fourth quarter, Gore hit a three-pointer to boost her point total to 21, which was more than the entire Granite Bay team, which had only scored 20 at that point.

Wednesday’s 57-43 loss to Yuba City bothered Gore all day at school as she tried to prepare herself mentally for another game just 24 hours later. By the end of the day she was determined to have a stellar game.

“The past three games I hadn’t hit a three-pointer, but today I felt like the whole team was really encouraging me out there,” Gore said. “My teammates and the coaches were telling me to keep shooting and not to give up.”

Gore took 15 shots, hitting seven of them, including going 2-for-4 from behind the arc.

“I think Heather Gore played her best game of the year,” Nevada Union coach Duwaine Ganskie said. “Not so much even her scoring, but her reaction to the ball. She got some key boards and loose balls and took the ball up strong (to the hoop). We have been waiting for her to establish her low post game and tonight we saw it come out.”

Gore, in addition to senior Ali Daley (who grabbed nine rebounds), were forces down low all game, especially on the defensive end where the Miners held the Grizzlies scoreless for nearly eight minutes in the first half. Nevada Union gave up just four points in the second quarter and five points in the third quarter.

Both teams played games on consecutive nights because of the flip flop in the Metro Conference schedule for boys and girls teams. Both teams played on the road against the two teams sharing first place in the Metro Conference with Nevada Union losing to Yuba City and Granite Bay losing to McClatchy 55-32.

Nevada Union improves to 12-9 overall and 5-2 in the Metro Conference, which will put them in third place, while Granite Bay drops to 8-10, 4-3.

“We played two nights of passive basketball and lacked emotion and desire out there, except for that spark in the fourth quarter,” Granite Bay coach Linda Dickson said. “We knew it was going to be tough going into this part of the schedule. Typically McClatchy and Nevada Union are very good programs.”

Ganskie, however, was pleased to see how his team bounced back after the loss to Yuba City.

“We are a young team and we’re still learning how to win,” Ganskie said. “You have to protect your home court and we stayed in the hunt with this win.”

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