Falcons fall on road

Team prepares to play Juneau-Douglas in final regular-season matchup this weekend

Posted: Monday, February 22, 2010

The Thunder Mountain girls' basketball team found the going difficult in the finale of their three-game road trip as they lost 58-11 to West Valley.

It was the second game of the day and coach Tanya Nizich said it was evident in the team's low intensity Saturday evening, though the experience should prove valuable down the road.

"It was a good test for them and I expect they learned from the experience," she said. "Not too many high school teams will play two games in one day."

The Falcons struggled to score in their late game and Kylie Ibias said overall the team lacked hustle during the second game of the day while Sarah Solberg summed up the team's overall feeling.

"I was feeling a little discouraged," she said. "I think we could have kept our heads up more."

Falcons defense strong in loss

The Thunder Mountain girls' basketball team continued their three-game road trip with a matchup against Lathrop Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately, it was more of the same for the Falcons as they fell to the Malemutes 37-14.

Though it was a loss, coach Tanya Nizich said she was pleased with the effort from her team's performance in a rematch against Lathrop.

"Our defense was outstanding," she said. "Last time we played them they scored 65, Ibelieve."

Nizich said the team was able to limit turnovers and get more field-goal attempts than what they usually do.

"We shot a lot which is always good, but we had a hard time getting anything to fall," she said. "But overall, I was impressed."

Eyerus Tingley also said the team was able to take care of the ball much better than the last time the two teams met.

"I think we had pretty good passes and handled the ball much better than the first time we played them," she said.

Jonelle Staveland added the team has progressed throughout the season and are showing a will to compete, while Kinsey Marshall emphasized defensive communication as being the most impressive part of the team'sperformance.

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