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Preps: Missed free throws are Vikings’ downfall

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Steve Yingling / Tahoe Daily TribuneSouth Tahoe High senior Alexis Nunes-Fenley battles the Galena Grizzlies for possession of the basketball on Friday in Reno.

Missed free throws thwarted the South Tahoe High boys’ basketball team’s chances at a road win at Galena on Friday night.

The Vikings misfired 21 times at the foul line in a 68-40 Sierra Division defeat to the Grizzlies in Reno.

The loss dropped the Vikings to 5-9 overall, including 1-3 in division play.

Senior guard Ricky Braun topped the Vikings with 16 points, while junior forward Peter Pielaet-Strayer poured in nine.

South Tahoe trailed by only 12 points, 43-31, following a pair of free throws by Braun, but Galena outscored STHS 25-9 the rest of the way.

South Tahoe will conclude its three-game division road trip with a game at Fallon on Tuesday.

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Taylor Schaller drained six three-point shots to key Galena’s 64-37 Sierra League girls’ basketball win against South Tahoe on Friday night in Reno.

Schaller finished with a game-high 22 points as Galena led from start to finish against a depleted South Tahoe squad.

South Tahoe senior Alexis Holmes continued her consistent scoring with a team-high 17 points.

Although the Vikings welcomed back senior Alexis Nunes-Fenley from an ankle injury, two more players joined the injury list: Mel Sabac (ankle) and Alex Reber (wisdom teeth).

“It was nice having Lexi back. We definitely got a lot more rebounds,” said STHS coach Chris Holmes.

The Vikings had only three players on their bench and played the entire game with seven players. “We had to a zone (defense) because we were just running out of gas,” Holmes said. “We had good improvement.”

STHS senior Terra Backinger scored eight of her 10 points in the final quarter.

The Vikings (0-4 in league) will travel to Fallon on Tuesday.

“We’re gearing up for the next three games, having as many healthy people as we can, we’ll have a shot.”

ROP routs Warriors

Whittell High suffered its second straight Northern 2A League boys’ basketball defeat on Friday night.

Rite of Passage ran away to an 87-51 victory in Yerington.

Senior Cody Nelson and junior Alex Vogt each scored 13 points for the Warriors. Also for the Warriors, Michael Koskin had eight points and four rebounds and Blake Heldt-Werle added six. Potnick and John Robinson combined for 13 rebounds.

The Warriors will go after their first league win Saturday when Lovelock visits Zephyr Cove for a 3:30 p.m. game.

STHS frosh trample Galena

Balanced scoring and team defense carried the South Tahoe freshman boys’ basketball team to a 65-31 dismantling of Galena on Friday in South Lake Tahoe.

Bobby Perez led the Vikings with 14 points, while Cody Higgins scored 10 and Brandon Cramer, Hayden Bronken and Kyante Wilson each dropped in eight.

“We played great team defense and passed the ball really well,” said STHS coach Joby Cefalu. “The boys are working well together, and it shows in the box scores.”

South Tahoe (9-5) had just seven turnovers and made 17 steals.

The Vikings’ junior varsity made a late push with a strong defensive effort before losing to Galena 42-28.

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