Vikings fall on last-second shot in Fallon
FALLON – Fallon senior Jake Johnston ended South Tahoe High’s stirring comeback bid by hitting a short jump shot as time expired to give the Greenwave a 53-52 Sierra League win Tuesday, sending the Vikings to their third straight loss.
The Vikings (1-4, 5-10 overall) rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter and took a 52-51 lead with 19 seconds left after junior Peter Pielaet-Strayer hit a layup. Fallon (1-3, 5-9) answered as Johnston took a pass from junior Aaron Evett and cut through two defenders and hit the game-winning shot.
Senior Ricky Braun led the Vikings with 14 points and junior Pielaet-Strayer added 13.
“It’s tough and something we were accounting for,” Vikings’ head coach Chris Proctor said. “The kid just made a (heck) of a shot.”
The Vikings will entertain Douglas, one of the area’s top teams, at 7 p.m. Friday.
Trap changes Vikes’ fortunes
The South Tahoe girls jumped out to an early 11-8 first-quarter lead, but couldn’t hold it against Fallon on Tuesday.
Fallon turned up the pressure and came away with a 49-37 Sierra League victory.
Fallon used an 8-0 run to start the second quarter and extended the lead to 26-18 at halftime. South Tahoe, down three starters to injury, responded in the third with a four point spurt to cut the lead to 31-27 after a basket by senior Alexis Nunes-Fenley.
The Vikings ran out of gas in the fourth as Fallon opened the quarter with an 8-0 run and led by 15. Senior Alexis Holmes led South Tahoe with 12 points and Nunes-Fenley added nine.
“They (Fallon) switched their defense to a half-court trap, and I think that was the turning point in the game,” Vikings’ head coach Chris Holmes said.
Following a three-game road swing, the Vikings (0-5 league) return home to play Douglas at 5:15 p.m. Friday.
Frosh team earns 10th win
South Tahoe’s freshman boys’ basketball team recorded its 10th win with a come-from-behind 67-55 win against Fallon on Tuesday. The Vikings (10-5) were led by Brandon Cramer’s 22 points and 19 by Bobby Perez.
“It’s the first time we’ve won when we turned the ball over more than we stole it,” said STHS coach Joby Cefalu, who is assisted by Roger Cramer and Scott Rogers. “Our kids underestimated them.”
The Vikings’ freshman girls’ team won its second straight Tuesday, beating Fallon 36-33. Bailey David led the way with 13 points. Brooke King scored 14 as the Vikings beat Galena 36-31 in their previous game.