You’ve got to give a nod to Noud
Bear River’s Meaghan Noud said she was tasting blood after Tuesday’s playoff semifinal win over El Camino.
One can’t be certain if she was referring to her nose, which bled for half of a quarter, or the Lady Eagles, upon whom she had just finished feasting.
The 6-foot junior ripped El Camino for 27 points, seven rebounds. Her scoring was a season-high mark, eclipsing her mark of 25 set in the second round of the playoffs last Thursday. Imagine what she would have tallied if a bloody nose had not forced her to miss five minutes of game time.
Can you say peaking, boys and girls?
Noud, a first-team Sierra Foothill League selection this season, became the master of minimization following Bear River’s 54-43 win.
The nose bled following a scrum for a loose ball in the second quarter, a play which began with Noud slapping it loose from an El Camino guard. Noud spent the rest of the first half with her head pointed at the ceiling, a towel handling the blood that would not quit until just before the third quarter.
Wasn’t she worried it was broken?
“I’ve been getting bloody noses my whole life, even without getting hit,” Noud said. “When it happened, all I hoped was that it would not start bleeding because I wanted to play.”
When Noud was on the court, she certainly played as if she wanted to play. She scored off an in-bounds pass, a coast-to-coast effort after a steal, a three-pointer, drives in the lanes, putbacks and free throws.
The lefty was more than all right Tuesday. At the time, however, Noud felt that her play had little impact.
“In a game like this, I look and go when I feel I have the lane and shoot when I have the shot,” Noud said. “I didn’t feel like I was draining them because every time I scored, El Camino seemed to have an answer.”
Bear River coach Duwaine Ganskie said he has altered the offensive scheme to accommodate the lefthanded Noud, who has responded with games that show the offensive adjustment has been worth the effort.
When Noud’s nose for the ball eventually drew blood, it occurred with Bear River’s MVP Briana Thomas on the bench in early foul trouble. It happened with a game full in doubt.
And yet Ganskie could not, would not, worry about whether Noud’s nose was broken.
“I don’t allow myself to think the worst,” Ganskie said. “I just worry about ‘What now?'”
‘What now’ would be St. Francis, their next opponent, in the Division III title game.
Come to think of it, when Noud was talking about tasting blood, the Troubadours were playing just a few feet away.
Vince Vosti is a sportswriter for The Union. He can be reached by e-mail at
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