The lady Vikings seemed to struggle through the second half at times this season, but Saturday they broke the cycle.
The girls came out strong and finished strong, turing in four consistent quarters that turned into a 48-45 win over Fernley at their home crossover game. The girls connected on their free throws and open layups to hang onto the edge.
"We're definitely moving in the right direction. We're being smarter with the ball, trying not to miss those open layups and the defense is getting in the passing lane," coach Mike Neiger said. "We've kind of focused on 32 minutes as our theme because sometimes the wheels start to fall off in the second half."
The theme worked. The Vikings were good for the full 32 minutes. Bailey David, Brooke King and Hannah Neiger made sure of it.
David showed her senior experience in the second half. She commanded the floor, notched 11 points, four steals and turned in a 6-for-6 free-throw performance.
"In a close game like this if you can make your free throws good things will happen," Mike Neiger said.
Hannah Neiger proved that exact point in the first half. Her 5-for-6 from the line got the Vikings out to an early lead. She also pulled down seven rebounds.
King was just as impressive from the line with a 5-for-6 performance. She notched 11 points and five offensive rebound, most of which she converted.
Mel Grady came up with some huge shots for a collective 8 points. Riley Chapman added eight rebounds and three steals to the effort.
"It seems like everyone who was out there was getting their hand in the passing lane and making steals. It's hard to pinpoint one person," Mike Neiger said.
Girls are now 3-9 overall and 1-3 in crossover play. Their next home game is Saturday against Lowry at 4 p.m.
South Tahoe 48, Fernley 45
Fernley -5 --12 ---11 ---17 ---- 45
S. Tahoe --11 -13 ---12 ---12 ---- 48
Friday in Fallon
Against South Tahoe, Hannah Lindsay poured in a team-high 18 points, while Cady Cordes added eight and Ali Tedford chipped in with seven for Fallon.
Both teams struggled early in the game from the field and Fallon's free-throw shooting also was off. The Lady Wave only hit 4 of 13 attempts from the line, but used a 15-2 fourth quarter to hold off the pesky Vikings.
South Tahoe, though, kept even with Fallon throughout the first three quarters behind the play of Brooke King. She scored a game-high 19 points, but was corralled in the fourth quarter.
Like Fallon, South Tahoe also struggled from the free-throw line, connecting on 11 of 25 attempts. Fallon clamped down on the Vikings in the fourth quarter with pressure defense, although the Lady Wave were aided by several missed open shots from the Vikings.
Fallon 42, South Tahoe 29
S. Tahoe ---8 ---12 ---7 ---2 ---- 29
Fallon ---7 --12 ---8 --15 ---- 42
- Lahontan Valley News sports editor Steve Puterski contributed to this report.