Sweet revenge NU girls get payback win over Lions
Nevada Union’s girls basketball team spent the last three-and-a-half weeks readying itself for Friday night’s homecoming showdown against McClatchy.
It was clear that the Miners (9-1, 19-6) knew what was coming. In the game they never trailed, they won 49-45.
On Jan. 17, Nevada Union lost 58-45 at McClatchy (8-3, 17-8). That loss is still the only blemish on NU’s Metro League record.
“After that loss, every practice was about McClatchy,” Miners sophomore post Christian Woodruff said.
Woodruff matched her season-high of 10 points in the win, a total she also reached Jan. 12 at Grant.
Woodruff hit two free throws with 12.7 seconds left to pull ahead 49-43, ending a 12-4 McClatchy run. The Lions scored all 12 of those points on 3s.
“This was probably my biggest game,” said Woodruff, who was the only NU player in double figures.
The Miners saw their lead trimmed to as few as two points on three occasions, but with the help of senior wing Mackey Purkey, they were able to keep the Lions at bay.
Purkey scored three 3s on the night, one of which beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter and gave Nevada Union a 36-31 lead. With 4 minutes, 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, she hit her third trey to give her team its first double-digit lead at 43-31. Purkey finished with nine points.
Sophomore post Sarah McAtee also scored nine points.
Caroline Reeves grabbed nine rebounds and Purkey had five. Olympia Jacobs had three steals.
The win came close to assuring the Miners at least a share of the Metro title with Kennedy, a team NU hosts at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Nevada Union’s final regular-season game is Friday at Yuba City.
“No matter what, we’ll be co-champs,” Purkey said. “Unless we lose to Yuba City, which is not going to happen.”
Yuba City was 4-6 in league after Friday’s 61-52 loss at Kennedy (9-1, 22-3). Kennedy’s only league loss came Jan. 19 at the hands of the Miners, 53-42.
“We probably focused on Kennedy a little too much then and didn’t give McClatchy enough credit,” NU coach Duwaine Ganskie said.
The Lions are the league leaders in 3-point shooting, and despite a defensive game by the Miners which satisfied Ganskie, they still connected eight times from beyond the arc. Courtney Hori led McClatchy with 16 points, including four 3-pointers.
In the teams’ first meeting, McClatchy scored six 3s.
“We got lost a couple of times, but I was happy with our defensive effort,” Ganskie said.
The win was NU’s seventh straight. Previously, the Miners’ longest winning streak was three games.
JV: Nevada Union 49,
Shanna Stefani led Nevada Union’s junior varsity team with 12 points.
Cassie Davidson scored nine for the Miners (12-2), and Becca DeVere had seven steals.
NEVADA UNION 49, MCCLATCHY 45
MC 10 6 15 14 – 45
NU 11 13 12 13 – 49
MCCLATCHY (45): Ciera Foster 4 5-5 13, Marisa Louie 3 0-2 9, Stephanie Engbritson 1 0-0 3, Janie Hironaka 2 0-4 4, Courtney Hori 4 4-4 16; Totals 13 9-15 45.
NEVADA UNION (49): Olympia Jacobs 2 1-2 5, Maria Viola 3 0-0 6, Sarah McAtee 4 1-1 9, Mackey Purkey 3 0-0 9, Carolina Reeves 2 1-2 5, Lauren Wordell 0 1-2 1, Kai Ling Clark 2 0-0 4, Christian Woodruff 4 2-2 10; Totals 20 6-9 49.
Fouled out: None. Total fouls: MC 7, NU 9. Technical fouls: None.
To contact sportswriter Jeff Miller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4240.
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