Nevada Union girls lose league game to McClatchy
Nevada Union’s varsity girls basketball team came up on the short end of a clash between Metro Conference contenders Tuesday, falling to visiting McClatchy 61-53.
“That’s the most points we’ve given up in a game this season,” said NU head coach Craig Strohm. “McClatchy was hot. They torched us. They flat out-played us, but the thing is we didn’t play that bad.”
NU’s start was a sharp one as the Miners rained down a barrage of five 3-pointers, including two from senior Kayleigh Correll, to take a 19-16 first-quarter lead. NU also led 29-28 at the half before the Lions (13-3 overall, 2-1 Metro) swung things their way in the third.
Jessica Kunisaki scored eight points in the third, including two treys, as McClatchy stormed to a 47-42 advantage after three quarters. Kunisaki led the Lions with 19 points, while Sammy Jew added 17.
Correll led the Miners (11-4, 1-1) with 23 points, including four 3-pointers. NU also got eight points from Ali Parrott and seven from Molly Compton. NU now faces defending Metro champ Kennedy (14-3, 2-0) on the road Thursday.
“We’ll try to redeem ourselves Thursday,” Strohm said. “But I don’t think one loss – or even two or three losses – will take you out of any chance of winning the (Metro) championship.”
NU’s junior varsity downed McClatchy 48-28, led by its team captains Traci Hart and Kacey Rogers.
Hart had eight points and 13 rebounds, while Rogers scored 12 points for the Miners (11-4, 2-0).
Bruins rout West Campus
Bear River’s varsity girls basketball team continued to make life in the Pioneer Valley League look easy Tuesday, toppling visiting West Campus 69-19 to move to 3-0 in league play.
The Bruins led 14-4 after one quarter and 26-11 at the half, before Bear River’s starters – who saw action only in the first and third quarters – put the game away with a 29-0 third quarter.
“I think the kids finally realized that they didn’t have much time left to play,” said Bear River coach Duwaine Ganskie. “They kind of woke up.”
Chelsea Haverty led the Bruins with 13 points, seven assists and five steals. Allison Cooley contributed 12 points, while Kayla Smith scored 10 of her 11 points in the third quarter.
Bear River (13-3 overall) travels to Mesa Verde, currently second in PVL standings, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Falcons top Waldorf
Forest Lake Christian’s varsity girls shut down one of the Sacramento area’s leading scorers Tuesday en route to a 57-42 Central Valley Christian League win over Sacramento Waldorf.
Lauren Jackson led the Falcons (13-2, 3-0 CVCL) with a double-double effort of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Brittany Allen added 13 points and nine assists, while both Brooke Hodges and Taylor Kilgore each hit a pair of 3-pointers in the win.
Allen and Kilgore had the assignment of defending Waldorf’s Jacqueline Kelly, who entered the game averaging 22.1 points per game. The FLC defensive duo limited Kelly to a 6-for-28 shooting performance from the floor.
The Falcons host Wilton Christian Friday.
Forest Lake Christian’s junior varsity, fresh off taking the East Nicholaus Tournament title over the weekend, downed Waldorf 51-30 Tuesday. Kaitlyn Brown led the Falcons with 22 points.
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With a balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive effort, the Nevada Union football team went on the road Friday night and knocked off Napa, 33-14.