Miners’ tuned for matchup
Having collected a good tune-up win two nights ago, the Nevada Union girls basketball team is now ready to launch into two showdowns that will determine its Metro League championship hopes, starting tonight with a key game at home against McClatchy.
Step one comes tonight when the Miners (18-6, 8-1), who have won six straight and nine of their last 10 games, face third-place McClatchy in a 7 p.m. contest at Ali Gymnasium. The Miners will be looking to make amends for their lone league loss, which came on Jan. 17 in Sacramento at the hands of McClatchy, 58-45. Step two comes next Wednesday when they host co-league leading Kennedy.
First, the Miners have a score to settle against the McClatchy Lions.
“Last time, we kind of got embarrassed at their place,” coach Duwaine Ganskie said. “They really took it to us – it was 31-13 at halftime – so we’ve got a bit of a revenge factor going for us.”
McClatchy (17-7, 8-2) is coming off a 59-12 win at home against Hiram Johnson on Wednesday night.
One of Nevada Union’s goals tonight will be to try and contain the outside shooting of a McClatchy lineup that features four guards. Courtney Hori leads the league in 3-point field goals with 51.
“They’re the best 3-point shooting team in the league,” Ganskie said. “The last time we played, they hit something like seven 3s, so we’re going to have to do a better job of contesting those shots this time.
“Hopefully, we can stay in the game, keep it close and then do some good things at the end.”
Olympia Jacobs and Sarah McAtee combined to score 42 points Wednesday night as Nevada Union posted a 68-58 victory at home against Grant. Jacobs scored 22 points and McAtee chipped in with a season-high 20 to lead the Miners.
“The kids did a good job against their zone,” Ganskie said. “They moved the ball well, passed the ball well and we got a lot of good shots.”
Nevada Union led 14-12 at the end of one quarter and 33-26 at halftime. The Miners extended their lead to 54-43 at the end of three quarters.
Notes: Jacobs is the current Metro League girls basketball scorer with 339 points and ranks second in 3-point field goals with 37, according to MaxPreps.com stats. Jazzi Johnson of Kennedy (316) and McClatchy guard Stephanie Engbritson (298) rank second and third in scoring respectively. McClatchy’s Ciera Foster leads the league in rebounding (213).
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