South Tahoe girls at High Sierra Classic |

South Tahoe girls at High Sierra Classic

RENO, Nev. – South Tahoe girls’ basketball lost a tough one on Thursday night against Hug 41-29 at the High Sierra Winter Classic at Reno High.

Hug jumped out to a 23-8 halftime lead behind a strong inside presence. But the Vikings clamped down on defense in the third quarter and found their shooting range to outscore the Hawks 15-5, making the score 28-23. The first four minutes of the fourth quarter saw the same defensive pressure by the Vikings, and they were able to get to within two at 31-29. The momentum change was led by Bailey David, Alisa Caro, and Kaila Griffis.

“They were able to pressure the Hawks ballhandlers and get into the passing lanes,” said head coach Mike Neiger. “Karley Martinez stepped up her defense down low in the third and fourth quarter.

The Hawks were able to hold off the comeback and finish on a 10-0 run to win 41-29.

“That third and first part of the fourth quarter really showed a lot of character for our team. They turned it up a notch and really got after it,” Neiger said. “Brooke King got us started in the third with a slashing drive through traffic for a layup, while Alisa and Bailey found their shooting strokes. Karley continues to make strides inside on both offense and defense.”

The Vikings faced Damonte Ranch, another 4A opponent, on Friday followed by a Saturday matchup against Galena.

The girls lost to Damonte Ranch, 46-23 on Friday, as they were unable to establish any momentum.

“We only trailed by 7 points at the half, but missed numerous shots from close range. It was truly one of those nights where our shots were not falling,” Neiger said. “We’re looking forward to playing tomorrow afternoon and forget today’s cold shooting performance.”

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