Vikings hold Fallon to season-low 39 points
Fallon came into South Tahoe High’s gym with the more distinguished resume on Tuesday, but the Greenwave left with only its second defeat.
South Tahoe held the cold-shooting Greenwave to a season-low point total in posting a 46-39 victory.
With the win, the Vikings evened their overall record at 5-5. The Greenwave came into the postholiday game with wins over Lowry, McQueen, Lassen and Incline.
Senior Peter Pielaet-Strayer led the Vikings with 16 points and Rylan Tepper chipped in nine points.
Tepper’s hot perimeter shooting against Fallon’s 1-3-1 trappipng defense fueled the Vikings’ first-half effort. The junior guard made back-to-back three-pointers in the first quarter, giving the Vikings a 10-6 lead.
Tepper added his third trifecta just before halftime as South Tahoe went into the break with a 27-21 lead. Brandon Cramer also connected from beyond the arc late in the first half as the Vikings enjoyed one of their more successful games from the perimeter.
Fallon relied on the scoring of captains Tyler Schroder and Miles Adams for most of the night. The seniors combined for 27 points.
The Greenwave (6-2) made its best push of the game after falling behind 19-9 in the second period. Behind two buckets by Alan Honeyestewa, Fallon went on a 12-2 tear to knot the score at 21 with just over a minute left before the half.
But Tepper and Cramer drained three-point shots inside the final minute of the half to put the Vikings on top for good.
Fallon pulled within seven points on several occasions in the fourth quarter. Adams’ three-point attempt from the wing would have sliced the STHS lead to four with 20 seconds to go, but the shot rimmed out.
Schroeder immediately fouled Pielaet-Strayer, who converted one of the two free throws for a 45-37 Vikings’ lead. Honeyestewa quickly answered with a Fallon basket, and South Tahoe senior guard Kory DiGrande wrapped up the scoring with a free throw wiht 2.6 seconds remaining.
Before the opening tip-off, there was a moment of silence for Lake Tahoe Unified School District teacher and coach Scott Hudson. Hudson, a longtime STHS Nordic ski coach and physical education teacher in the district, passed away on Sunday.
South Tahoe is scheduled to play at Fernley on Friday night.
The South Tahoe junior varsity used a fourth-quarter rally to beat Fallon 58-52.