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Churchill girls remain perfect in league with win against South Tahoe

Steve Ranson | Lahontan Valley News

FALLON, Nev. — South Tahoe gave the Lady Wave fits throughout the game and especially for a short time in the first quarter with both teams trading baskets.

Fallon’s girls basketball team, though, broke a 5-5 tie and never trailed in its 61-30 Northern 3A win Tuesday at the Elmo Dericco Gym. Fallon improves 15-2 overall and 10-0 in the Northern 3A, while South Tahoe drops to 5-2 overall, 4-7 in league.

South Tahoe’s Hailey Naccarato delivered a big blow with a 3-point shot early in the game, while Kenna Hamlin and Leilani Otuafi knocked down a pair of baskets for the Wave.

The Wave’s quickness soon overpowered the Viking when Fallon scored off a half-dozen steals and worked the ball in the middle with Madison Whitaker and Chandler McAlexander penetrating the inside for easy shots. Whitaker’s speed enabled her to beat the defense with a pair of layups, and McAlexander lifted a left-handed layup for another basket.

Makenzee Moretto came off the bench to add 4 points.

Turnovers plagued each team periodically throughout the second quarter. Fallon led 28-6 before the Vikings scored their first basket with 3:38 left before halftime. Whitaker had a layup for Fallon, Leta Otuafi powered in for two layups and Emily Wright stepped inside the line at the top of a key for a long basket.

Kaitlyn Janese scored off a turnover for South Tahoe, and Teagan Williamson followed with a 10-foot jump shot and another long basket from the left side.

With less than 2 minutes before halftime, Chandler nailed a basket, and Savana Rogne had a putback to give Fallon a 34-12 led.

The third quarter was sloppy for both teams as Fallon and South Tahoe combined for 12 turnovers. For the game, though, Fallon committed 21 turnovers.

Janese scored 6 points for the Vikings, and Williamson had a basket, while Fallon relied on balanced scoring from McAlexander, Leilani Otuafi, Kaylee Hitchcock, Whitaker, Leta Otuafi and Moretto, each scoring 2 points. Aisha Sharron had a basket and free throw for Fallon, her only points of the game.

Fallon finished the final quarter, outshooting the Vikings 12-9 with Moretto scoring 4 points. Leilani and Leta Otuafi each had a basket as did Hitchcock and Whitaker.

Williamson had 4 points, and Janese dropped in two free throw as each player led the Vikings with 10 points. Naccarato had 4 and Conrad 3.

Fallon had four players in double figures, Whitaker with 12 and three players each with 10 points: Leilani and Leta Otuafi and Moretto.

McAlexander added 6 and Hitchcock with 4. Wright, Rogne and Hamblin each had 2.

As a team, Fallon failed to sink a 3-point shot, and was at the line to make 1 of 2 free throws.