The Lady Wave’s Shaylee Coldwell (5) takes a jump shot against the Panthers in Thursday’s game.
Photo by Steve Ranson.
The Lady Wave swept a pair of nonleague games at the Elmo Dericco Gym last week against North Valleys and Hug to improve to 9-2 overall.
Both Fallon and North Valleys struggled with low scoring in the first half of their Thursday game until the Lady Wave pulled away with a big quarter to earn a 42-27 win. The Wave dropped Hug on Saturday, 53-34.
“We had some good things out of both of them,” said Fallon coach Kevin Wickware. “It ended how we needed to end. We wanted to sweep the other side (3A West) but to come away with only one loss from the other side is pretty good. I like where we’re at right now.”
Both teams struggled in the Thursday game but a strong second half pushed the Wave to the win.
Fallon and the Panthers were tied 6-6 as time began to wind down in the opening quarter until Lily Bettencourt drained a 3-pointer. Her shot, though, was the last field goal the Wave scored until the second half.
Down 9-6, North Valleys outscored Fallon 11-3 in the second quarter to grab a 17-12 halftime lead. Alexys Decremer scored four points, and Skyla Kinsley swished a 3-pointer.
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Meletava Fonohea of North Valleys ties up Fallon’s Cassie Edgmon (12).
The Wave’s shooting heated up in the third quarter. Zoey Jarrett connected on a pair of 3-pointers and added two more baskets to pace the Wave with 10 points in the quarter. Bettencourt, Sydney Jarrett and Shaylee Coldwell each dropped in a basket to give Fallon a 28-22 lead.
The Lady Wave added 14 points in the final quarter to pull away with the win. Zoey Jarrett nailed her third trey of the evening, and Coldwell added four points. Trinity Helton and Hudsyn Clark each added two.
“We are a very hard-working team. They don’t stop working the whole time,” Wickware said.
“We’re trying to get better at (consistency). That’s an area that concerned me at the beginning. It’s progressed in a very good way.”
Wickware said it will be nice to have a break for the players so they can get healthy. Fallon doesn’t play a game this week. He said the goal next week in the Reno tournament at McQueen and Reno high schools is to continue working on improving while also using the opportunity to try different things.
The Wave defeated Hug on Saturday, but no statistics have been reported. They will be added online.