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Eileen JoyceNevada Union's Ali Parrott (3) looks to score inside, as Hiram Johnson defenders tower above.
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The Nevada Union girls basketball team continued its climb back into playoff contention with a 68-22 home-court win over Hiram Johnson (Sacramento) Tuesday.

NU, which beat Johnson by 18 points in its Metro Conference opener Jan. 1 and then lost four straight, have won two in a row to move to the middle of the pack.

“Down in Johnson we struggled a little bit,” said NU head coach Craig Strohm. “I think our inexperience allowed us to play down to the level of the competition. But tonight I was really proud of how the girls were focused and kept within the framework of the offense. It was all about hustle tonight.”

While the win moved the Lady Miners to 3-4 in league and within sight of third place, more importantly, it will likely move NU up from its current No. 16 spot in the power ratings.

“The section has a lot of respect for our league, so we really have the power ratings in our corner. If we can get to .500 in league (by the end of the year), I think we1ll have a pretty good shot at the playoffs,” Strohm added.

Shameka McQueen put the visitors up by two points early with a basket in traffic. McQueen led Johnson with 11 points.

Ali Parrott answered with a 3-pointer to spark a 19-6 run to end the first quarter as NU took control.

Parrott and Sara Eidman each scored a team-best 11 points.

Tracy Malone totaled 10 points for NU. Molly Compton chipped in eight points.

NU hosts C.K. McClatchy (Sacramento) 7 p.m. Thursday.

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