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South Tahoe girls comeback to beat Incline

Joe Proudman
jproudman@tahoedailytribune.com

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Tahoe locked up the second seed in the Northern Nevada 3A playoffs on Tuesday, after coming from behind to beat Incline 46-38.

“I was happy for the girls to step up and beat a team that defeated us earlier in the year. They seem to be coming together and playing well at the right time of year –playoff time,” South Tahoe head coach Mike Neiger said.

Incline went into the half up 27-21, but the Vikings jumped out to a 14-2 run in the third quarter.

Tahoe took the lead on a Bailey David three pointer midway through the third quarter, going up 31-29. Brooke King forced an Incline turnover on the next possession, driving to the basket for an easy layup to put South Tahoe up by four. King would get another steal right away, which led to David sinking two free throws. South Tahoe went into the fourth quarter winning 35-29.

Sara Wright finally got Incline back on the board, making one of two free throws to start the final quarter. South Tahoe’s Kaila Griffis respond with one of her own to keep the lead at six. The two teams would exchange possession before David intercepted a pass Torri Baker intended for Molly Franklin, which David took all the way to give South Tahoe a 38-30 lead, with just over five minutes left in the game.

South Tahoe’s biggest lead of the game came shortly after, with a defensive rebound by King, who launched a long pass to Hannah Neiger resulting in a basket and a 41-31 score.

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Kortney Solis made it 41-36 after nailing a three pointer, but South Tahoe sealed the 45-38 win with a David bucket in front of the hoop and a pair of King free throws. Incline’s Kerrie Tonking made a basket as time expired to give Incline 38 points.

Neiger led both squads with 15 points and 12 rebounds. David had ten points, King had nine, and the Vikings held all Incline shooters to the single digits.

The win launched South Tahoe into the playoffs as the second seed, and will face either Spring Creek or Elko of the Ruby Mountain League.

“It will be a tough task, but our girls are playing well right now, taking care of the ball, getting rebounds, and creating turnovers. Playoffs will be tough, but we’ve earned a spot, and one win gets us in to the state tournament,” Neiger said. “These kids are working really hard and deserve a lot of credit.”