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A year ago when the Nevada Union girls basketball team hosted Yuba City, the Metro League title was on the line. But the scene Tuesday night at Ali Gymnasium proved to be quite different one year later.

This year’s Honkers’ roster looks vastly different as graduation gutted the team and a coaching change brought a new face in John Cassidy to the sideline. Instead of going toe-to-toe with the Miners for a league crown, the Honkers traveled to Grass Valley still in search of an identity.

Nevada Union trailed in the contest for just 19 seconds and came away with a 53-41 win, holding off various Yuba City runs late in the game to stay atop the Metro standings with a 5-1 record, along with Kennedy and McClatchy.



“We weren’t really able to put them (Yuba City) away,” Nevada Union coach Duwaine Ganskie said. “But I was impressed with them ” they’ve come a long way since we saw them play in a Christmas tournament earlier this season.”

The Miners led by just four points, 17-13, after one quarter, but increased the lead to 14 by the end of the half to go ahead 32-18. Five different Miners scored in the second quarter, with sophomore point guard Caroline Reeves knocking down two 3-pointers.




Nevada Union’s lead hovered around 15 points during the majority of the third quarter, but Yuba City refused to go away easily and continued to make the game fairly competitive throughout the final quarter.

However, the closest the Honkers came in the end was 50-41 after a 3-pointer by Kori Maxham with 20 seconds remaining. Despite the game becoming closer, Nevada Union stayed calm and handled the ball well in the closing seconds of the game to lock down the 12-point win.

“We’re still growing, but as long as we keep winning while we’re doing it ” that’s good news,” Ganskie said.

Senior guard Olympia Jacobs led the Miners in scoring with 16 points, while Reeves scored 12 points, along with grabbing five rebounds.

Sophomore Sarah McAtee turned in a strong performance despite running into a bit of foul trouble in the third quarter. McAtee drew the assignment of guarding Yuba City’s leading scorer Danielle Snyder ” a 6-foot-2 post player with a knack of shaking defenders to get a clear look at the basket.

Snyder finished with 12 points, while her teammate in the post ” Rupi Gill ” scored a career-high 13 points.

McAtee scored eight points in the win.

Also playing well defensively for the Miners was junior Emily Ryan who pulled down five rebounds and played some key minutes in the post, drawing post-game praise from Ganskie.

The Miners (14-6, 5-1) play again at 7 p.m. Friday at Granite Bay.

The Nevada Union junior varsity team ran into a physical opponent in Yuba City, dropping its second-consecutive contest, this time by a score of 38-28.

“We got behind early and stayed behind,” Nevada Union coach Wayne Brummond said. “They were playing harder than us.”

Cassie Davidson was the Miners’ leading scorer with nine points.

The loss drops the Miners to 13-4 overall and 5-2 in the Metro.

A ball-hawking defense that picked up 19 steals helped Nevada Union run past Yuba City to snap a three-game losing streak. The Miners set the tone early, as they only allowed two points in the first quarter, then came out after halftime and held the Honkers scoreless in the third period.

“Overall, it was a very good team game, a well-balanced game,” Nevada Union coach Kate Dudley said. “They played as a team and they played hard, which is just what we’ve been looking for.”

Each of the team’s 15 players saw action and everyone contributed to the victory, she added. Eleven of the 15 players scored and the Miners only turned the ball over 10 times.

Alexis Moser scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to go with eight steals. Samantha Cyrus added seven points, with one 3-pointer, Hayden Fleenor scored six and Elizabeth Gassmann scored five.

To contact sportswriter Stacy Hicklin, e-mail stacyh@theunion.com or call 477-4244.

YC 13 5 9 14 ” 41

NU 17 15 10 11 ” 53

YUBA CITY (41): Courtney Barlow 0 0-2 0, Cortney Mladenik 0 0-0 0, Megan Fullmer 0 0-0 0, Kori Maxham 2 0-0 5, Kim Kaiser 0 0-0 0, Ashlee Jensen 3 1-6 9, Mandeep Randhawa 0 0-0 0, Jessica Yahn 1 0-0 2, Danielle Snyder 5 2-4 12, Luvpreet Sahota 0 0-0 0, Rupi Gill 5 3-4 13. Totals 16 6-16 41.

NEVADA UNION (53): Sarah McAtee 2 4-4 8, Caroline Reeves 3 4-4 12, Kai Ling Clark 1 2-4 4, Emily Ryan 0 0-0 0, Mackey Purkey 1 2-2 4, Christian Woodruff 2 0-0 4, Lauren Wordell 0 1-2 1, Maria Viola 2 0-0 4, Olympia Jacobs 7 1-2 16. Totals 18 14-18 53.

Fouled out: None. Total fouls: YC 16, NU 15. Technical fouls: none.


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