The night the lights went out at Union Mine

By From page A11 | December 20, 2013

Union Mine #11, Stephanie Preacher.  Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

D'BACK Stephanie Preacher, No. 11, battles under the basket in Tuesday's game against Amador. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Smoke, too, at the Snake Pit

EL DORADO — In the last 12 days until Tuesday, the Union Mine High girls basketball have played nine games that included four games in three days at the High Sierra Winter Challenge at Spanish Springs, Nev.

“We have been playing a lot,” Union Mine head coach Chris Del Rio said. “We haven’t had a practice in four days.”

Tuesday, as Union Mine played its ninth game, a nonleague contest against visiting Amador, the lights went out — literally.

With 2:26 left in the second quarter and the Lady Diamondbacks leading 17-13, one-third of the gym, along with the scoreboard went dark. D’backs forward Jordyn Trulli was at the free throw line attempting to increase her team’s before the power outage.

Ten minutes after the game was stopped, smoke came through vents near the entrance of the gym, forcing D’back/Lady Thundering Herd players and coaches, plus fans, school and game officials, to quickly evacuated.

Six Cal Fire trucks, an ambulance and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department arrived within three minutes. According to Union Mine Principal Tony DeVille, a power outage hit the area that electricity out to 102 homes in the area.

“The first outage was limited and impacted part of the campus,” DeVille said. “From what I learned, the limited outage created a situation where limited power was going to our HVAC unit in the gym, which caused the motor to malfunction (that allowed smoke to come out through the vents.)”

A second outage took place 30 minutes after the first one, DeVille said. Electricity was restored Wednesday around 3:15 a.m.

Del Rio wants to finish the game with Amador if the two schools can find an open date before or during conference play. Union Mine plays in the Sierra Valley Conference and Amador in the Mother Lode League.

Before the sudden stoppage of the game, both teams tried to recover from multiple turnovers in the first quarter. The D’backs (4-5) had four; the Herd was guilty of nine.

“We came out at a slower pace than we normally do,” Del Rio said. “We didn’t come out with our full-court press. We tend not to play as well when we come out in our presses.”

The two teams traded leads in the first quarter. In the second, Union Mine took the lead for good when guard Yvonne Taylor hit a baseline shot for a 10-9 lead with 7:18 left. The D’backs then went on a 7-0 run that included a three-pointer from guard Savannah Scott, and a basket from guard Katie Parker. Forwards Courtney Bruno and Hannah Bird each made a free throw to contribute.

Amador used offensive rebounds to account for two of its three baskets to cut the D’backs’ lead to 17-13 before the power outage.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter.

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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