Miners lose road game, hopes for playoffs
Less than a week after taking the likely Sierra Foothill League champions down the wire in a 62-60 loss to Rocklin, Nevada Union’s varsity boys basketball team stumbled on the road at Oakmont in a 44-33 defeat Wednesday.
The loss, Nevada Union’s third straight and fourth defeat in the Miners’ last five games, officially closed the door on NU’s playoff hopes.
“We struggled,” said NU coach Jeff Dellis. “We only scored 13 points in the first half. We had a hard time putting the ball in the hole.”
Nevada Union (15-12 overall, 4-7 SFL) hit 3-of-18 from the field in the first half and finished with an 11-for-46 shooting night. Making matters worse was the fact the Miners turned the ball over 17 times.
Mark Kendall led NU with 10 points, while Colin Lee added seven. Zach Spencer grabbed 13 rebounds in the loss.
Dellis said the game reminded him of what happened last season, after the Miners pulled off an upset of Rocklin and then fell to Oakmont.
“It was very reminiscent of last year,” he said. “We upset Rocklin and then Oakmont beat us 37-33.
“I think Rocklin took a lot out of us, despite the face we’ve had four days. We didn’t come out with a lot of energy. And that’s what is disappointing.”
Dellis said he hopes his Miners are able to regroup before Friday’s season finale at Roseville.
“Our playoff run is over,” he said. “But I’d love to see us come out and finish up on a strong note. For me, that means playing well, playing with pride and playing with some energy and intensity.”
JV: Whitney 35, Bear River 24
Hannah Brown and Megan Thompson each scored five points to lead Bear River’s junior varsity girls basketball team in a 35-24 loss to Whitney Wednesday.
Brown also had nine rebounds and three steals for the Bruins, while Kelsey Uno scored three points, grabbed seven rebounds and totaled three steals. Willa Davis added four points for Bear River, which slipped to 7-14 overall and 4-7 in the Pioneer Valley League.
Frosh: Bear River 30, Whitney 15
Bear River’s freshman girls basketball improved to 4-5 in the Pioneer Valley League by defeating Whitney 30-15 Wednesday.
Brieanne Evans scored eight points and grabbed a lion’s share of rebounds. Kyanne Hagar was 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Carly Corippo added four points, while Liz Runne’s tough defense caused numerous turnovers.
Miners take third
Nevada Union’s snowboarding team rode the wave of strong rides from its boys team members, including Marco Maynard taking a first place overall and Jared Olsen coming in third, as the Miners took third place overall in a Central Division II meet at Northstar-At-Tahoe.
North Tahoe took first in Wednesday’s meet, which was rescheduled from a cancellation earlier this season, and Colfax took second.
Maynard finished more than four seconds faster then the second place finisher on the day in a combined time of 2:06.24.
Olsen’s brother, Kolby Olsen, was the third point earner for the Miners finishing in 14th place in 2:30.46. Lucas Price was the boys team’s last point getter coming in 22nd in 2:38.26.
Katie Riley was the top finisher for the girls, coming in seventh place in 2:36.07. Erin Chambers and Bri McDowell went back to back on the day, finishing in 17th and 18th places, respectively.
It was McDowell’s best outing of the season.
Emily Lomeyer fininshed in 29th place after a fall on one of her runs.
Bear River’s Robby Stoddard had the highest finish for the Bruins, coming in 10th at a combined time of 2:29.47.
Brent Schenk came in 19th for the Bruins, Daniel Price came in 27th and Charles Edens came in 32nd to lead the boys team. Jennifer Marson and Brittany Shields were the only finishers for Bear River’s girls team, coming in 38th and 41st, respectively.
On Monday, both Nevada Union and Bear River will have their final division snowboard meet at Boreal.
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