The South Tahoe girls basketball team was short-handed for its preseason games last weekend, but still turned in a good performance against two tough Division I schools.
The girls were down to eight players Thursday and Friday and seven on Saturday, due to injuries and academic commitments. The Vikings dropped their Friday game against Fallon 55-32, but things quickly changed the following night as the girls held their own against Division I Wooster.
"The girls ran all phases of the offense much better and jumped out to a 17-12 lead after one period," head coach Mike Neiger said in an email.
The momentum shifted multiple times in this game, but South Tahoe was on the short end of a heartbreaking 65-63 loss.
Bailey David led the way with 22 points, Brooke King had 13. New additions to the team Riley Chapman and Ally King both recorded eight points, and Hannah Neiger collected seven.
The girls faced Hug, another Division 1 school, Saturday. Down to seven players, the Vikings stood their ground in the first half of a physical game. The score was tied 10-10 after the first quarter and the girls trailed 23-18 at the half. But the Vikings faded in the second half, losing 63-39.
Ally King, Hannah Neiger, and Grace Bronken all had 10 points.
"This was a great opportunity for the girls who made the trip to step up and gain some invaluable experience in the face of adversity," Mike Neiger said in an email. "This should prove to be good preparation for the regular season and I am looking forward to having all 12 players healthy and ready to go."