hd: Vikings finish rough two-game swing
RENO – Reno showed South Tahoe High’s visiting girls what it takes to run with the big dogs on Tuesday night, winning the league hoops game 85-26.
“We were outmanned,” said South Tahoe head coach Tim Jaureguito, whose team fell to 4-12 overall, 1-2 in Northern Nevada 4A Division II play. “Galena Saturday night, Reno tonight – great athletes, great height, great speed. We just can’t compete with that at this point in our program.”
While South Tahoe was able to find work for its second-unit players with the game out of reach, Reno left most of its starters in. The Huskies were able to force turnovers and create fast-breaks for easy layups late in the game.
The game closed a brutal two-game stretch for South Tahoe against the leaders of both divisions. The Vikings lost to both Galena and Reno, but Jaureguito could find positives in Tuesday’s game. Jaureguito was pleased with some of the defense he saw, and the way South Tahoe ran its offensive sets.
“I was pleased with the way our girls played,” Jaureguito said. “We did some really good things tonight.”
In a division that advances four teams to the playoffs, South Tahoe is in the thick of the hunt. The Vikings won their first division game in more than two years against Hug last week, and are in the middle of the standings at 1-2.
“We still have a shot,” Jaureguito said. “That’s what we’re looking at doing, and we’ve got a couple of key games coming up.”
Plus, Jaureguito thinks the Vikings will grow with good competition.
“I think it’s good any time you’re able to play competition like this,” he said.
Senior wing Missy Johnson scored more than half of South Tahoe’s points, with 18 on the strength of 14-for-17 shooting from the free-throw line. Senior power forward Tirah Samura had 10 rebounds, and reserve Ashley Larmore nine more for the Vikings.
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