Miners fall to Edison
GALT – Looking back at the play, Nevada Union girls basketball coach Duwaine Ganskie knew it was a bad omen for what was to come.
On the Miners’ first possession of their second-round playoff game Saturday against Edison, sophomore point guard Caroline Reeves drove to the basket flipping into the air after drawing contact in the lane. She landed squarely on her front tooth, breaking it perfectly in half.
The day only continued to get worse, as the No. 2 Miners saw their 10-game win streak snapped after losing 45-26 to No. 10 Edison at Galt High School in the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
It was the second time this season Edison (22-6) beat the Miners; the first came Dec. 30 at the West Coast Jamboree by a score of 49-46.
Nevada Union’s 26 points tied a season low, with the Miners scoring just 26 points Dec. 8 against Sheldon in their fifth game of the season. The third quarter proved to be the most brutal as the Miners were unable to score throughout the entire quarter.
Trailing just 12-10 after one quarter, Nevada Union found itself down 26-18 at halftime. But the Miners opened the third quarter with three straight turnovers, a trend that continued throughout the quarter. In their 15 third-quarter possessions, the Miners turned the ball over in 12 of them.
Edison increased its lead to 20 points going into the final quarter, with the Miners unable to gain any ground.
In addition to offensive woes, the Miners had their fair share of trouble on the defensive end with foul trouble as well.
Nevada Union’s leading scorer, Olympia Jacobs, picked up her third foul with 51.8 seconds remaining in the first quarter – forcing her to sit out the entire second quarter. Her fourth foul came with 2 minutes and 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Starters Sarah McAtee and Mackey Purkey fought through foul trouble as well.
“The foul trouble took those kids out of their games,” said Ganskie who pointed out the lack of consistency of the calls throughout the whole game. “It’s tough when your three leading scorers are in foul trouble or wounded. It certainly wasn’t our best night.”
No Miner player reached double figures, with junior Lauren Wordell coming off the bench to lead the team with six points. McAtee had five rebounds and three points, with Reeves finishing with three points and four rebounds. Maria Viola had four points and four rebounds with Jacobs scoring five points.
It was the final high school game for seniors Jacobs and Purkey.
“It hurts,” Purkey said after the loss as her eyes became clouded with tears.
Asked how much the Miners’ double overtime win Thursday took out of the team, Purkey said, “I think we went into that first game thinking it was a for-sure win and then we got paranoid when the No. 15 seed almost beat us. I think it shook our confidence.”
The 2006 Metro Conference Champion Miners finished the season with a 22-7 overall record.
“We set a goal to go farther than last year and we did,” Ganskie said. “It’s tough to say goodbye to our seniors, but it will be nice to say hello to all of our returners next season.”
To contact sportswriter Stacy Hicklin, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4244.
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