The Nevada Union basketball program came up short in its home-court doubleheader with Galena (Sparks) at Albert Ali Gymnasium Thursday.
In the opener, the Lady Miners had no player score in double figures in a 52-36 loss.
In the nightcap, the Miners had their chances, but couldn’t capitalize and lost 52-49.
“Nevada Union’s 0-4 in doubleheaders, with (losses to) Bear River (earlier in the year) and Galena tonight, so I’m not liking the idea a whole lot right now,” NU boys head coach Jeff Dellis said with a smile. “In the past we’ve traveled to tournaments together, but we weren’t able to put a trip together this year, so I think it’s nice to (play on the same floor).”
Lady Miner head coach Craig Strohm agreed.
“We thought it would be a nice venue. And a way to get the crowd out,” he said. “We made the concession to leave the (girls gym) and come over here and I think it was a good experience for us to play on a bigger floor. It’s a good way to get the teams connected. We thought we’d give it try.”
Those NU fans who missed Thursday’s doubleheader will get another chance Friday.
The girls will host Granite Bay at 6 p.m., with the boys taking on Placer (Auburn) at 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Miners were in the game at the halftime break trailing by six points, but were outscored 16-3 in the third quarter.
Tracy Malone led the way for the hosts with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers.
Tayna Noe and Heather Gore were right behind with seven points each. Ali Daley chipped in six points.
The boys game was a see-saw affair until midway through the third quarter.
NU took a 28-27 lead on Jon Sheets’ three-pointer with three minutes, 48 seconds left in the third. Galena went on an 11-2 run in the next 2:33 to take a 38-30 lead.
NU, thanks to another Sheets trey and a nifty Gary Daley spin move in the paint, cut the lead to three points with :32 left in the quarter.
The hosts tied the score four times in final stanza as Galena held NU off down the stretch.
Daley led all scorers with 19 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
Sheets also drained a pair of treys and finished with 17 points. Chad Smith added six points.
Five Jr. Miner football players and four Jr. Miner cheerleaders have all been selected to participate in the Sacramento (SYF) Youth Shrine Bowl, which benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children.
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