Don1t you worry about this NU crew |

Don1t you worry about this NU crew

It has been an emotional week for Nevada Union’s Lady Miners. They experienced the highest of regular-season highs Tuesday, knocking off St. Francis, the area’s top-rated team.

On Thursday they lost to another Metro League power, second-ranked Kennedy, by 20 points. It was not NU’s night, almost right from the very start.

“Somber” was the word post player Megan Curtis used to describe the long ride home.

“It was kind of quiet,” Nicole Sheets surmised.

The loss Thursday could very easily leave the Lady Miners stuck with the blahs, given the competitive nature of sports. But it shouldn’t.

And it didn’t.

On Friday, members of the girls basketball team showed up for practice early. Heads were not hung, scowls nowhere to be found. The girls smiled and chatted while waiting for the junior varsity to finish practice as if all were fine with world.

Which is absolutely the case.

Just in case the Lady Miners need a reminder that not all was won on Tuesday or lost on Thursday, Sacramento High comes to town today for a 4 p.m. game. Like NU, Sacramento will walk in as one of four Metro teams with only one league loss.

Yep. The top of the Metro is looking very metropolitan.

Crowded like Tokyo at rush hour, it is.

At stake today will be potential rankings and shares of league leads, transient markers that are bound to move and change and reshuffle until the season gives way to playoffs.

The ride home Thursday may have seemed longer than long, but these girls are anxious to prove they can rebound on the court and in the eyes of folk trying to make heads or tails of this league.

“Sure, we’d like to be ranked No. 1, but even if we were ranked No. 3, it is okay, because we know we can do it,” Curtis said. “Rankings don’t make us or discourage us; we believe in ourselves.”

Two tough games. One quiet ride home. A game may have been lost, but focus and resolve have survived. That right there will help take these girls as far as they are capable of going.

Vince Vosti is a sportswriter at The Union. Email at

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