Girls team falls to Reed Raiders
With intense, physical defense comes a high potential for fouls.
That’s just what happened to the South Tahoe High girls basketball team Tuesday night when it fell to the Reed Raiders, 59- 53. Lindsey Hitt was forced to play with four fouls for most of the second half and Ashley Larmore fouled out.
The Vikings, known for their in-your-face defense, was hindered by fouls throughout the contest.
Although South Tahoe created fast-break opportunities, the Vikings were unable to convert them into points.
“You gotta be able to convert,” Viking coach Tim Jaureguito said. “When you get into transition, that’s when you have to make the baskets.”
Junior Beth Hickman agreed with her coach.
“Defense is our priority,” said Hickman, who was the second-leading scorer for South Tahoe with 11 points. “The scoring will come, but it just hasn’t happened yet.”
The Vikings fell behind the Raiders 19-10 in the first quarter, but were able to pull within three at the break, mainly on strong defense.
Hitt spearheaded the tough “D,” despite picking up three fouls early on.
“I don’t know why I foul,” Hitt said. “I can’t play as hard as both coach and I want to play.
“A couple of times when I was on defense I could hear their coach telling his players that I had four fouls.”
Reed relied on the hot shooting of Erin Jackson in the first half as she poured in eight of her 16 points.
But it was the free throws in the second half that really hurt South Tahoe. In a penalty-marred second half, the Vikings went to the line 11 times – seven in the fourth quarter – but only managed to sink three of those 11 attempts.
“That was the difference in the game,” Jaureguito said. “In close games, you gotta hit your free throws; we didn’t and they did.”
The Vikings were able to tie the game at 41 in the last minute of the third quarter before the Raiders added a quick five to close out the period.
“We just can’t get over the hump,” Jaureguito said. “We manage to get there, but not over it.”
The Raiders never relinquished the lead in the final period as the Vikings went cold from the charity stripe. Reed, on the other hand, hit 7 of 11 attempts.
Hitt, began to put up long jumpers, but not many of them connected and the Raiders exploited the loss of Larmore to fouls, by getting second shots and easy putbacks to secure the win.
“It’s really hard to play defense with people in foul trouble,” Hickman said. “You have to do a lot of help defense and that allows other people to get open.”
Even with the loss, the Vikings are showing signs of improving – both mentally and physically.
“We went to Winnemucca thinking we were going win it easily because we’re a 4A school,” said Hitt, who paced South Tahoe with 19 points. “We didn’t play like South Tahoe. People haven’t seen us play yet. We want them to have to pull out the other bleachers when we play at home.”
Jaureguito sees that growth in his young team as well.
“In terms of where the program was and where it is now, I just tell them to keep their heads up and to walk proud,” the coach said.
The Vikings travel to St. Helena, Calif., on Thursday for a tournament and open with Saleisian of Richmond.
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