Lady Miners roll past Sac
When Nevada Union’s Lady Miners missed their first nine shots Saturday against Sacramento, it appeared they were still shell-shocked from Thursday’s loss to Kennedy.
Actually, they were just warming up.
NU rode its two trademarks, three-point shooting and nasty defense, to a 70-44 victory over Sacramento in the House of Pain Saturday. With the Metro League win, the Lady Miners (18-3 overall, 4-1) retain a share of first place while handing the Cougars their second league loss.
The Lady Miners managed the win with one player away on a trip and two others feeling under the weather.
“The kids executed real well,” NU coach Craig Strohm said. “I can’t say enough about Courtney Kephart and Emma Kite, who evidently picked up a case of food poisoning. They gave gutsy performances and gave some kids some rest.”
NU led by seven at half, then broke the game open with perimeter shooting and tenacious defense that did not allow Sacramento to properly execute its offense.
Kayleigh Correll finished with a game-high 16 points. Megan Curtis added nine, while Mae Valdes and Mackenzie Murphy added eight.
“We were running our motion offense well,” Correll said. “(Sacramento) was following along our screens, and not getting out on us in time. So I got a lot of open shots.”
Ahead 35-29 midway through the third, NU put Sacramento on the ropes with three-point baskets by Correll and Nicole Sheets, followed by a pair of baskets by Curtis.
A 10-2 NU run to open the final quarter gave NU a 15-point lead and all but sealed the victory.
The run was fueled by treys from Correll and Murphy, three points from Molly Heck and an inside score by Sheena Zweigle.
The victory finishes a tough week for the Miners, who faced three ranked teams in five days. NU won two of the three games against foes expected to challenge for the league title.
“I think maybe we had jitters at the beginning,” Heck said. “We had a long week. Playing St. Francis, then Kennedy, and then not knowing a lot about Sac maybe had us a little nervous coming in.”
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