South Tahoe girls up-end Whittell |

South Tahoe girls up-end Whittell

Joe Proudman
Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (TDT) – Call it revenge, call it payback. No mater how you describe it, it’s a win.

The Vikings routed Whittell on Friday night in Zephyr Cove, a year after the Warriors upset the Vikings at South Tahoe, winning 51-34.

South Tahoe got off to a fast start against Whittell. Bailey David ended the first quarter with six points, and the first half with 10. The Vikings shot 13 free throws, converting eight of them before the midway point, with Kaila Griffis going five for seven at the line. They ended the first quarter leading 13-6, and finished the half up 30-13. They outscored Whittell 17-7 in the second quarter.

“First quarter has been our problem. We start off slow and catch up the rest of the game. And the fourth quarter we’re tired from playing catch-up for three quarters,” said Warriors coach Tom Esposito. “We had some things going on, but we just see the openings too late and that’s what caused all those turnovers.”

“First half was good, strong. Good ball movement, good passing and we made open shots,” said South Tahoe coach Mike Neiger. “We had a good all around game tonight.”

But as well as their offense was running in the first half, it was the Vikings defense that kept the Warriors from another upset. They managed to keep Whittell’s two standout players, Emily and Amanda Harris, in check, forcing shots far from the hoop. Whittell also struggled with shooting in general. They didn’t score their first bucket in the second or third quarter till more than four minutes had passed.

“If you don’t get high percentage shots, you’re going to struggle,” Esposito said.

“Game plan defensively was just to play intense. Get in the paint, deny and just play hard defense,” Neiger said.

Whittell pulled to within 11 as time expired in the third quarter, but South Tahoe quickly extended that lead to 19 a minute into the final eight of the game and cruised the rest of the way.

For South Tahoe’s point guard, Bailey David, it was a little payback.

“It definitely felt great beating them for the first time this year,” David said. “I’m not going to be happy till we beat them again.”

David ended the game with 10 points, Brooke King had seven, along with Kaila Griffis. Amanda Harris led Whittell with 22, while Emily Harris had 8. Only two other Warriors scored on the night.

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