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Eileen JoyceNevada Union freshman Heather Gore drives to the bucket during Thursday's blowout victory over Metro Conference foe Woodland. Gore and her Lady Miner teammates scored a 58-18 win, less than a month after falling to the Wolves in a 53-51 road loss.
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The Nevada Union Lady Miners need a strong finish down the stretch to have a shot at the postseason.

They started off the right way Thursday, scoring a 58-18 win over Woodland’s Lady Wolves at NU.

At the half, NU led 33-4 lead over the Wolves.

Woodland really didn’t mount much of an attack until late in the fourth, when the Wolves managed to move from a 45-8 deficit to the final tally.

The Lady Miners actually lost to this very same Woodland team back on Jan. 22 by a score of 53-51.

“Hard to imagine, huh?” NU coach Craig Strohm remarked when reminded of the loss to Woodland.

Strohm’s squad was still coming into its own at the time. In the few weeks since, the starting lineup has come together and performed at a higher level.

“We’ve made some adjustments and worked hard on our fundamentals that I think it’s helped bring us together a little bit. I’m really proud of these kids. They’ve continued to work hard and now we’re reaping the benefits and playing pretty good basketball,” Strohm said.

Sophomore Tracy Malone had a great night, scoring a team-high 15 points while shooting 5 for 6 from 3-point range.

Five-foot, 9-inch junior Sara Eidman was second in scoring for NU with nine, followed by junior Mandy Coray, who finished with eight points on the night.

The rebounding was much improved on the defensive side versus Woodland as well. Heather Gore, a 5-11 freshman, finished with eight defensive rebounds and three steals.

The Lady Miners visit the 11-11 Yuba City Lady Honkers at 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

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