Dayton girls rally past Vikings |

Dayton girls rally past Vikings

Rob Renaud, Special to the Tribune

DAYTON – The South Tahoe High’s girls’ basketball team let a three-point halftime lead get away in a 29-25 loss to Dayton on Tuesday night.

Dayton trailed 5-4 after the first quarter and found itself down 15-12 at halftime. It was a different story in the second half, as the Dust Devils made a run at the Vikings in the third quarter. Maribel Ledezma’s steal at the top of the key in South Tahoe’s offensive end and ensuing layup gave the Dust Devils a 16-15 lead two minutes into the second half. Ledezma, on two more nearly identical plays, scored back-to-back-to-back layups, pushing Dayton to a 22-21 lead after three quarters.

South Tahoe regained the lead at 23-22 with six minutes remaining in the game before Dayton’s Erin Edison fed Marissa Martinez under the basket at the 2:45 mark to put Dayton ahead for good, 26-25.

Dayton turned up the pressure defensively, turning to a full court press late in the game. The Dust Devil defense held South Tahoe to 10 points in the second half and just four in the fourth quarter.

“It was a tough game. That last portion made the difference,” said Dayton coach Cliff Serawop. “We went to a full court press to make them see something different, to try and get some turnovers. It was a hard fought game. I’m happy.”

Five players scored for the Vikings, with Ellen Dupree leading the way with a 10-point, 12-rebound performance. Mel Sabac added seven points for South Tahoe, while Jacqui Searight contributed four and Alex Reber and Tori Smith two apiece.

Dayton (5-9) was led by Amber Brooks with 10 points.

South Tahoe slipped to 1-10 overall. The Vikings return to action on Friday at Truckee.

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