Lady Wave shuts down South Tahoe
Tribune News Service
FALLON – Choppy or sloppy, either way the Fallon girls basketball team locked down the South Tahoe Vikings on Tuesday.
The Lady Wave (5-5 overall, 0-1 3A Lahontan League) pulled away in the second half to secure a 46-31 3A nonleague victory. Fallon forward Cady Cordes dominated inside the low post to record a game-high 22 points, while South Tahoe’s Bailey David had a team-high 15 points in the losing effort.
“It’s a tough one to swallow,” South Tahoe coach Mike Neiger said. “We had nice defensive pressure. On the offensive side, we were moving without the ball and creating opportunities.”
The Vikings (2-7 overall) were unable to secure any momentum in the second half and were whistled for 27 fouls throughout the game. The Lady Wave, meanwhile, were called for 17 fouls.
Fallon went 12-for-33 from the free-throw line, while South Tahoe connected on eight of 14. The Vikings, though, didn’t sink its first field goal of the second half until the Brooke King hit a short jump shot with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game.
Kaila Griffis fouled out for the Vikings and two other players had four fouls, limiting South Tahoe’s offensive production.
“It takes away momentum,” Neiger added. “It was frustrating. There were some soft calls against us, and some didn’t go our way. It’s going to happen. You got to credit their defense, though, they stepped up.”
However, Fallon’s defense stood tall in the second half after South Tahoe took a 25-22 halftime lead. David scored all 15 points in the first half including connecting on one 3-pointer and sinking all six of her free throw attempts in the first quarter.
Cordes, though, added 12 points in the first half for Fallon.
“She’s a stud, what else can you say,” Fallon coach Anne Smith said of Cordes. “She did well. She dominated the boards and got up and down the floor. She was everywhere.”
But the difference was South Tahoe’s shooting woes in the second half. The Vikings scored one point in the third quarter and six points total for the half.
However, Fallon couldn’t convert its free throws and missed numerous open layups to keep the game close. The Lady Wave took a 28-25 lead after a 3-pointer by Logan Faught in the third quarter and Cordes added a short jumper to extend the lead to five as Fallon open the period with an 8-0 run.
South Tahoe’s Shelby McIntyre hit one of two free-throw attempts to cut the lead, but it was as closest as the Vikings would come.
The Vikings frustrations came to a head midway through the third quarter when David was whistled for a technical foul after took a swipe at Fallon’s Esther Mauga after a scramble for a loose ball.
King added seven points for South Tahoe and Maddy Brubaker chipped in with four. For Fallon, Faught scored five points and five other players scored three.
South Tahoe begins Mount Rose league play on Friday at Sparks and faces Fernley at home on Saturday in a nonleague matchup. Fallon heads east to face Spring Creek on Friday and Elko on Saturday.
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