South Tahoe girls rips Dayton 48-32
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (TDT)- The game looked as if it was going to go the way they have been for the South Tahoe girls lately. Their defense was taking the ball away, but couldn’t convert on the offensive side of the court.
Their first basket didn’t drop until two minutes left in the first quarter, when Dayton already had six points. But it marked a turning point for the Vikings, who went on a 15-0 run after to lead 23-10 at the half. They won the game 48-32.
“It was another slow start,” said South Tahoe head coach Mike Neiger. “I looked up, it was 6-0 and I thought, ‘Girls you got to pick it up. You can’t dig yourself a hole.’ But they turned it on.
Brooke King’s offensive rebound and bucket off the glass sparked the double-digit run by the Vikings. Alisa Caro tied it at six with a 15-footer, that was followed by a King steal at 22 seconds. With about five on the clock, King hit a short jumper to give them an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
South Tahoe started the second quarter with a long two-pointer from Bailey David, whose foot was on the arc. And the baskets kept dropping unanswered until midway through the second quarter when Dayton’s Cora Mebius scored their first basket in over six minutes. Things didn’t get any better for Dayton in the second half, who trailed by 20 points in the fourth quarter. They did manage 10 points in the third quarter, more than their entire first half, but South Tahoe out-gained them with 16.
“It was a tough game,” said Dayton head coach Cliff Serawop. “The girls came out to play, South Tahoe. I think that physical play shaked them (Dayton) out of their game plan.”
“We turned up the defense and caused a lot of turnovers. That’s what they’re capable of,” Neiger said of his team. “You can see how pressure can lead to turnovers and you get a lot of easy opportunities and we converted a lot of those tonight.”
Every girl for South Tahoe got floor time tonight, in front of their home crowd, for the ladies’ second win of the season, though it was a non-league matchup. They have a 3-11 record overall and 0-1 in Mt. Rose play.
“All but two scored. I like that. That’s what we’re going to need,” Neiger said. “Our hustle showed tonight I think.”
“I think we played good as a team. Worked together.” King said.
She led South Tahoe with 11 points, while David had nine. Hannah Neiger and Kaila Griffis had six each. The Vikings face Truckee on Friday in South Tahoe, while Dayton is home against Elko.
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