Senators focus on Holmes in beating Vikings
CARSON CITY – As Alexis Holmes goes, so goes the South Tahoe High girls’ basketball team.
Holmes was held to four first-half points by a physical Carson defense, and by the time she caught fire in the second half the damage was already done.
Holmes led all scorers with 17 points, but it wasn’t near enough as Carson rolled to a 62-34 Sierra League decision Tuesday night.
Carson improved to 5-2, while South Tahoe dropped to 1-6.
“There was nothing we could do,” South Tahoe coach Chris Holmes said. “We came out flat and Carson came out very physical. There was probably 21 fouls in the first quarter. We backed down too much.”
This one started to get away at the end of the first quarter and the first 2 minutes, 17 seconds of the second quarter when the Senators put together a 9-0 to grab a 22-8 lead.
Whitney Nash had the first five points, and then Tiana McAlister-Daggs and Natalie Stevens (10 points) each added a basket. South Tahoe cut the lead to 26-17 on Holmes’ only two baskets of the half, but a 3-pointer by Nash, a bucket by Gina Bianchi and a free throw by McAllister-Daggs made it 32-17 at the half.
Holmes went 2 for 9 in the first 16 minutes, and it appeared that the physical play had an impact.
“We tried to take the ball out of her hands,” Carson coach Todd Ackerman said. “We tried to stay in front of her. You give her some room, she’s going to shoot and she gets it away quick. We also did a good job of collapsing in the middle.”
Carson’s lead stayed at 15, 40-25, until the final minute of the third quarter when Yvonne Hollett scored and Stevens drained a three-pointer to make it 45-25.
Carson’s reserves put the game out of reach with a 9-0 run to take a 54-25 lead with 4:15 left in the third quarter. Stevens had a basket and free throw to lead the way. Holmes came back with a three poiint play and two free throws to make it 54-30, but a 6-0 Carson run got the lad back up to 30 with 3:49 left in the game.
Terra Backinger scored 11 for South Tahoe.