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Grant can’t stop Miners

The Nevada Union girls basketball team’s coaches, fans and – most of all – players let loose a collective sigh of relief with a 67-46 homecourt win over Grant (Sacramento) Wednesday.

The defending Metro Conference co-champion Lady Miners had won their league opener, before dropping four straight to fall off the radar screen.

“Any win is a big win for us right now,” NU head coach Craig Strohm said. “Both teams started out a little shaky, but then we were able to get a lot of things done both offensively and defensively.”

The Lady Miners (9-13 overall, 2-4 Metro) have had trouble finding the hoop lately, said Strohm, but that was not the case Wednesday.

The hosts, who were led by freshman Heather Gore’s 14 points, had 10 players get into the scorebook.

Gore also had four rebounds, three steals and an assist.

“It’s nice to see that many different people score. Our contributions in that area have been (a little low lately),” Strohm added. “I think we shot ourselves out of a slump tonight.”

NU led 34-18 at the break, but didn’t let up in the second half.

Tanya Noe opened the third with a long range 3-pointer. Gore then scored down low to put the hosts up 39-18.

Grant threatened to cut the lead to single digits with a 9-0 run when NU’s Andy Sexton hit from beyond the arc to build the lead back to 15 points.

Sexton totaled five points to go along with team-highs in assists (five) and steals (five).

NU’s Ali Daley finished with 10 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Sara Eidman had nine points with four steals.

The Lady Miners will host Hiram Johnson (Sacramento) 7 p.m. Tuesday.

NU JV wins big

The Lady Miner junior varsity scored a 67-45 win over Grant.

Sarah Nunnink led the way with 17 points, while Christina White and Amy Weeks each had 16 points.

The Lady Miners (9-4 overall) closed out the first half of league action with a 5-1 record.

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