Lady Miners honor four on Senior Night
The Nevada Union girls basketball team took the floor for its last home game of the season Tuesday, but before battling the Thunder from Rocklin they took some time to acknowledge four Lady Miners who were playing for the final time in front of their home crowd.
Nevada Union seniors Ella Walton, Mellisa Wilcoxen, Chelsea Rodriguez, and Audrey Jacus all started for Nevada Union and were honored with a tribute from their teammates, a gift bag and flowers before tipoff.
“I think our seniors had a tougher road than most in that they didn’t get the benefit of having a lot of playing experience as juniors,” Nevada Union head coach Jenn Krill said. “It’s awful to be 0-11 in league right now, but all my younger players will have that experience going into next year. I think our four seniors have had to really dig deep and they really put in a lot of hard work and really contributed to what we hope to build, which is a good tradition here, again.”
There wasn’t any stroke of senior luck Tuesday night though as the Lady Miners lost to their Sierra Foothill League foe, 55-42.
Nevada Union simply couldn’t keep pace with the Thunder. Rocklin’s full court pressure caused problems for the Lady Miners attack and the Thunder offense was impressive from beyond the arc with 12 3-pointers. The Thunder made only eight field goals that were inside the 3-point line. Leading the Thunder was their senior captain Jordan Purvis with 21 points, including five 3-pointers.
Even though it was Senior Night, the Lady Miners were led by their freshmen Meadow Aragon with 14 points and nine rebounds.
All four of Nevada Union’s seniors did score in the game with Jacus notching eight points, Walton hitting a pair of 3-pointers for six points, Rodriguez adding three points and Wilcoxen netting two points.
The season hasn’t gone the way Krill and the Lady Miners would have hoped it would. After the Lady Miners opened the season 8-7 in non-league and tourney play, they have struggled in the highly competitive SFL. With the loss to Rocklin Tuesday, the Lady Miners are now 8-18 overall and 0-11 in league play.
But, Krill said there is no quit in her or her team.
“I want to win everything in the world,” Krill said. “If it’s winning a coin toss or whatever, it doesn’t matter. So, for me, Woodcreek is a game we can win.”
The Lady Miners close the regular season at Woodcreek Feb. 16.
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