Miners look to make move in Metro race | TheUnion.com

Miners look to make move in Metro race

Heading into the backstretch of their Metro Conference season, there’s little doubt that Nevada Union’s varsity girls Miners are headed to the postseason.

NU (14-5 overall, 4-2 Metro) currently stands in ninth place in the latest Division I power ratings. And considering the 16th and final playoff slot is currently filled by the San Joaquin Athletic Association’s Edison (9-10, 4-4), the Miners are a shoo in – unless NU would close in a cataclysmic-like fashion.

That’s not a likely scenario, though, because the Miners and head coach Craig Strohm haven’t yet shut the door on a possible Metro Conference title.

After a 1-2 league start, including a home loss to McClatchy (61-53) and road defeat to Kennedy (66-33), the Miners have won three straight.

To have a shot at the crown, NU needs to take care things on the road against Johnson (6-13, 2-5) tonight and at McClatchy (16-5, 5-2) Friday.

Two wins will leave the door open and make things much more interesting when league-leading Kennedy (19-3, 7-0) comes to Grass Valley for a 7 p.m. showdown next Tuesday.

Closer look at key contests:

Girls Basketball

Forest Lake Christian vs. McClatchy at Center High School – This non-league Saturday showdown is one of the featured games in the Sacramento Challenge – which follows a 4 p.m. matchup between Bear River (18-2, 7-0) and Modesto Christian (15-7, 11-0) – and should offer the Falcons a tough test, something that has been rare for Forest Lake in CVCL games.

Boys Basketball

McClatchy at Nevada Union – Despite dropping a shocker to Grant (11-11, 3-4 Metro) last week, Nevada Union remains on top of the Metro Conference standings. And after taking their frustrations out on Johnson in a 93-37 win last night, the Miners’ next move is a Metro matchup against McClatchy, currently tied for third place, at home Friday.

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