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Miners get first victory

Nevada Union’s varsity boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season Thursday in first-round play of the 41st annual Amador Valley Tournament, defeating Merced 69-66.

Zane Edwards drained a three-pointer with 1:50 remaining giving the Miners a 61-58 lead that was hard to come by throughout.

“I don’t think anybody had more than five-point lead,” NU coach Jeff Dellis said. “Merced is a real strong Division I team from our section. I’m sure we’re going to see them in the playoffs at one point.”



Jon Sheets led NU with 19 points and 11 assists, Gary Daley, Jr. Added 17 points and Chad Smith had 15 points and eight rebounds. Edwards finished with nine points, while Jared Van Matre grabbed eight boards.

Dellis said Daley’s defense was also a key to the win, as he and several other Miners shut down Merced’s leading scorer Chris Farmer, who came into contest averaging 20 points per game. He was held scoreless in the first half and finished with 14 points.




The Miners (1-4) face St. Ignatius of San Francisco in Friday’s 6 p.m. Semifinal.

LADY BRUINS WIN IN RENO

Cassie Smith scored 17 and Nicole Scott grabbed five rebounds as the Bear River girls basketball team topped Galena (Reno) 58-40 in the first round of the Reno Tournament Thursday.

“Cassie’s play was the key to the game. She was guarding a kid who just signed to play with Montana State and held her to 10 points. She also had a breakout game on offense with her 17,” Lady Bruin head coach Duwaine Ganskie said.

Bear River will meet tournament host Reno in a semifinal 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Meghan Noud also scored 17 in the win. Scott finished with 10 points and four steals.

FLC girls bb

The Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team got 15 points from Brooke Hodges and 14 more from Lindsay Hayward in a 66-48 Reno Tournament first round win over Douglas Thursday.

The Lady Falcons trailed the 2001 Nevada State Division I runners up 10-0 to open the first quarter, then went on a 32-17 run to take a 32-27 lead into the break.

“We came out real sluggish. But we fought back to take the lead in the second half and never looked back,” FLC head coach Rob Hodges said.

The Lady Falcons will face the winner of the Oakridge/McQueen (Sparks) in a semifinal Friday.

Julia Hall totaled 11 points and 10 rebounds for FLC. Chrysten Cotney had 10 points, six assists and two steals.

Hayward tallied 14 rebounds. Lauren Jackson blocked five shots.

with 10 points and four steals.

Lady Falcons

also advance

The Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team got 15 points from Brooke Hodges and 14 more from Lindsay Hayward in a 66-48 Reno Tournament first round win over Douglas Thursday.

The Lady Falcons trailed the 2001 Nevada State Division I runners up 10-0 to open the first quarter, then went on a 32-17 run to take a 32-27 lead into the break.

3We came out real sluggish. But we fought back to take the lead in the second half and never looked back,² FLC head coach Rob Hodges said.

The Lady Falcons will face the winner of the Oakridge/McQueen (Sparks) in a semifinal Friday.

Julia Hall totaled 11 points and 10 rebounds for FLC. Chrysten Cotney had 10 points, six assists and two steals.

Hayward tallied 14 rebounds. Lauren Jackson blocked five shots.

Lady Miners

Tracy Malone exploded for a team-high 21 points<including four three-pointers<and Heather Gore chipped in 10 points to lead the host Nevada Union girls basketball team to a 56-40 win over Deer Valley (Antioch) in the first round of the Ninth Annual Lady Miner Rotary Classic Thursday.

NU, which lost to visiting Placer (Auburn) by 25 points Dec. 10, was on a mission from the opening whistle.

3The true test of character is if a team can bounce back (after a loss like that). I was really proud of the way the girls came out and played,² NU head coach Craig Strohm said.

The Lady Miners will face Elk Grove in a championship round semifinal 8 p.m. Friday.


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