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John HartNevada Union's Ali Parrott (standing) watches as Tracy Malone (left) and Kennedy's Sheryl Wong (right) fight for a loose ball.
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The Nevada Union girls basketball team just doesn’t do green and gold.

The Lady Miners, who lost by 25 points to green-and-gold-clad Placer (Auburn) five weeks ago, fell 63-39 to two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion – and clover colored – John F. Kennedy (Sacramento) at home Friday.

“I’m going to be seeing green and gold in my nightmares,” NU head coach Craig Strohm said. “First it’s Placer, then (my Green Bay) Packers lose, now this.”

The Lady Miners, who dropped to 8-11 overall and 1-2 in the Metro Conference, were on the ropes early.

NU’s troubles began from the opening tip as the Miners went 0-for-4 from the free-throw line.

The Lady Cougars’ (15-3, 4-0) Sheryl Wong sparked a 7-0 run with a low-post bucket as the visitors took control.

Tracy Malone broke NU’s scoring drought with a long range 3-pointer at the four minute, 31 second mark, but the damage was done.

Kennedy outscored the hosts by 13 points in the remainder of the half to take a 33-16 lead into the break.

“We were really off on our shooting. We just couldn’t get our offense going,” Malone said. “There were a lot of jitters before the game, and it just stayed with us.”

Strohm found some positives despite the outcome.

“I really feel you learn more when you lose. (Our younger players) are getting a taste of what it’s like to play at Division I level.” he said. “I think our girls saw we can play with the best, even though it may be in glimpses.”

NU’s Sara Eidman came off the bench to score a team-high 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Ali Parrot chipped in nine points for the hosts. Heather Gore and Sarah Prout each scored five points.

Kennedy’s Alisha Hicks led all scorers with 17 points.

NU travels to Woodland for 7 p.m. game Wednesday.

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