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Basketball: Sierra Lutheran endures growing pains

Staff Reports

The Sierra Lutheran girls basketball team is at the beginning of the learning curve, but expects to see large strides made in the coming weeks.

Tuesday night, the Falcons took on the Virginia City junior varsity squad and played the Muckers tough through the first half.

Virginia City was able to pull away in the second, picking up a 57-15 win.

Sheena Bonaldi led the Falcons with some aggressive rebounding and Allie Reynolds ran a strong point for Sierra Lutheran.

“We are a really young team that has the ability to make huge strides this year,” Falcons coach Patrick Maynard said. “We’re fortunate in that they are all very willing to work hard.

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The Falcons bounced back from a tough weekend tournament in Gerlach with a 47-43 win over the Virginia City junior varsity team Tuesday night.

Junior Cameron Hart scored 36 points while grabbing 15 rebounds to lead the Falcons.

A 12-point lead in the third quarter gradually disappeared as the young Falcons ran into a little foul trouble.

Freshman guards Taylor Love and Stephen Deterding hit some key free throws and junior Elliott McPeek used some superior ball-handling skills to seal up the win.

Last Friday, Gerlach used its high-octane offense to put up a 74-27 win over the Falcons.

McPeek scored 13 points for the Falcons.

“We’re working to correct some of the weaknesses exposed by Gerlach and look forward to improved performances when we face them in the future,” coach Norm Brauer said.

Excel Christian scored a 71-44 win over the Falcons Saturday, with McPeek scoring 19 points and Hart scoring 12.

Matthew Shedd scored six points and Lane Pawloski pulled down eight rebounds.

McPeek earned all-tournament honors for his performance on the weekend.