RENO — After a miserable second quarter Friday, Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio didn’t get down on his team.
The Wolverines hadn’t scored in more than six minutes. But rather than harp on negatives, Tenorio knew that to motivate his squad, he had to instill some swagger.
It clicked in the second overtime, as Truckee (Calif.) beat Pahrump Valley 51-43 in double overtime in a Class 3A girls basketball state semifinal at Lawlor Events Center.
“Coming out of halftime we wanted to get some confidence going,” Tenorio said. “We needed them to have confidence in their teammates — and that was the change right there. We were able to move the ball and get a couple quick baskets.”
The Wolverines scored twice in the first minute of the third quarter, and with their rhythm back, they chipped at the Trojans’ lead.
Helping their cause was Pahrump’s inability to convert in the paint.
“At least in the first half, we were playing good defense,” Trojans coach Bob Hopkins said. “In the second, we did not play very good defense, and Truckee started hitting some outside shots. “And we couldn’t make a one-foot shot.”
Even when Pahrump had time late in the game, it struggled.
At the end of regulation, with the score tied at 38, the Trojans had the ball with nearly 20 seconds left but didn’t get off a high-percentage shot. At the end of the first overtime, in a similar scenario, they again failed to pound the ball into the key.
“Where I feel really screwed up is us not getting the ball where we wanted to at the end of overtime and regulation,” Hopkins said. “We wanted to get it inside where something good would happen.”
Instead, Pahrump left it in Truckee freshman Megan Shalvis’ hands. Shalvis had six of the Wolverines’ eight points in the second overtime.
“We played really under control late, and I just felt comfortable,” Shalvis said. “And it’s just fun to go to the basket, because you want to score.”
• Yerington 47, Lowry 34 — The Lions held Lowry to two first-quarter points in building a 10-point halftime lead.
Karrie-Ann Quartz had 16 points and Kayla Lommori 13 for Yerington.
Morgen Thacker had 11 points to lead the Buckaroos.