A second-half surge was all the lady Vikings needed to rewrite a Wooster matchup with a winning ending.
The South Tahoe girls evened the score Wednesday in their non-league home opener when they faced Wooster for the second time in two weeks. Last time the teams met, the Vikings dropped the 65-63 overtime matchup. This time the Vikings came out on top, grabbing a 53-51 overtime thriller.
South Tahoe jumped out to an early six-point lead, but fell behind 13-7 by the end of the first period.
"We couldn't find the hoop for a long stretch and went into halftime down 27-17," head coach Mike Neiger said in an email.
The girls gained a bit of momentum in the third quarter, but still trailed 40-30 entering the final period.
It was the fourth period, however, when the lady Vikings would shine. The girls surged back to come up with key steals they converted into points. They scratched their way back to within two points in the final minute of regulation.
Then it was junior Grace Bronken's turn to shine.
With less than 20 seconds to play, the Vikings grabbed a rebound off a missed Wooster free throw. Bailey David pushed the ball up the floor and found Bronken near the top of the key. Bronken connected on an 18-footer to tie the game 46-46 and force overtime.
The Vikings outscored the Colts 7-5 in the extra period to notch their first win of the season.
Hannah Neiger led the way with a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds. Bailey David had 12 and Brooke King had eight. Mel Grady had five, including a three-pointer. Junior Riley Chapman chipped in four to go with an impressive six assists, and sophomore Ally King connected on a three-pointer to complement her 10 rebounds.
"Our girls showed a lot of character tonight, battling back from a 10-point, fourth quarter deficit. We turned up the defensive pressure and got some key steals in that period," Mike Neiger said. "It was truly a team effort. We have played four Division I opponents and one Division 1A foe. Playing up is making us stronger and showing where we need to improve."
Next up is a road trip to Elko Friday and Spring Creek Saturday.