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Lady Miners have a night to forget

Eileen JoyceNU senior Veronica Ellis (left) has her shot blocked by a Placer defender in the Lady Miners' 66-41 loss Tuesday.
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The Nevada Union girls basketball team, its coaches and fans had a night they’d rather forget Tuesday.

The host Lady Miners were held to four three-pointers and turned the ball over 23 times in a 66-41 preseason loss to Placer (Auburn).

“You just throw this game away, just get rid of it,” said NU senior post Ronnie Ellis. “When you get stomped like this on your home floor, you’ve got to learn from it. We have to learn that if you don’t come out and play 100 percent all of the time, you’re not going to win.”



Ellis finished with five rebounds and a team-high 10 points.

NU (4-4 overall) kept it close after the first quarter, trailing by three, but that’s where the fun ended.




Placer outscored the hosts 22-17 in the second stanza, then doubled them up in the second half, 33-16, to take the win.

“The only thing you want to remember about this game is how painful it was,” said NU head coach Craig Strohm. “Tonight was like one of those tests you cram and cram for, and fail (anyway). We found out tonight we need to go back to the drawing board and work on the fundamentals.”

Ali Daley, who led the volleyball team to its first-ever section title this year, finished with five points and tallied team-highs in rebounds (8), steals (5) and blocked shots (1).

“I think Ali may have been the only bright spot tonight. She’s finally getting her basketball legs and in game shape. We had some trouble (in the low post), and she did a great job (on the boards),” Strohm added.

Ali Parrot totaled nine points and had a pair of assists in the loss. Molly Compton grabbed seven rebounds.

Placer’s Becca Reams led all scorers with 13 points.

In the junior varsity game, NU got 14 points from Rebecca Harris and 11 more from Dani Correll in a 43-40 loss.

“We made a good comeback to tie it at 38-38, but we just couldn’t drop it in (down the stretch),” said NU’s JV coach, Dan Murphey.


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