Mustangs outwork STHS girls |

Mustangs outwork STHS girls

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

South Tahoe’s girls’ basketball team never recovered from a two-bucket second quarter as Damonte Ranch earned a 61-44 road win on Friday night.

Damonte Ranch used a 15-6 second-quarter edge to take a 26-15 halftime lead. In the process, the Mustangs kept STHS’s top-two scorers, Alexis Holmes and Terra Backinger, from getting their points until the second half.

“They just outworked us, plain and simple,” said STHS coach Chris Holmes. “We just didn’t take care of the ball, and we rushed our offense.”

Backinger made all three of her three-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 14 of her game-high 17 points in the second half.

“Terra had the same looks in the first half and passed them up,” Holmes said. “She’s a good shooter, and we need her to score.”

Alexis Holmes knocked in 11 of her 14 points after halftime.

The Mustangs’ Ciara O’Driscoll had nine of her team-high 14 points in the final period. Brenda Walker and Erin Hatch each scored 10 points for the Mustangs. South Tahoe dropped to 1-6 in league play.

Whittell games postponed

The Whittell-North Tahoe high school basketball games scheduled for Friday night in Tahoe City were postponed. No makeup date has been set.

JVs win first game

A much-anticipated first victory was realized by the South Tahoe boys’ junior varsity basketball team on Friday in South Lake Tahoe.

South Tahoe defeated Damonte Ranch 47-37, prompting Vikings to bump chests and turn cartwheels and backflips.

Sophomore Jacob Stowell led the Vikings with 12 points. Miltaiye hit two three-point baskets and finished with eight points, while Thomas Jackson canned 6 of 6 free throws and finished with six points. Clint Padilla and Lee Espinosa chipped in five points.

The STHS boys’ freshman team lost its third in a row, falling to Damonte Ranch 46-40 in Reno.

South Tahoe (10-8 overall) was led by Kyante Wilson’s 12 points. John Cefalu, Brandon Cramer and Bobby Perez each netted seven points.

Ski race scratched

A snow day at Truckee High School meant no Tahoe Basin League ski racing Friday at Diamond Peak in Incline Village.

Ski teams from South Tahoe and Whittell will compete Monday at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

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