Holiday cold spell dooms Vikings
South Tahoe’s postal workers barely missed delivering the team’s third girls basketball win in time for the holidays.
Vikings power forward Tirah Samura and center Chantelle Young combined for 23 rebounds on Wednesday, and sophomore guard Lindsey Hitt scored 17 points, but 3A Yerington (8-4) held on for a 60-58 win at South Tahoe. It wasn’t rain, sleet, snow or dark of night that stopped the Vikings (2-9) from bringing home a win, but the inability to hit big shots.
“It’s not that we didn’t play well,” said Vikings head coach Tim Jaureguito. “They just weren’t dropping.”
After trailing by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, South Tahoe rallied behind a defensive surge. The Vikings forced turnovers and Samura worked the boards – she ended up with 15 rebounds. With time running under a minute, South Tahoe had a chance to tie the score or go ahead, but the referees called Hitt for an offensive foul, her fifth. Yerington led 59-58 when Samura fouled Caitlin Talbot – Yerington’s leading scorer, with 21 points – putting her on the line. Talbot made one of two, and the Vikings had one more chance with two seconds left. But Young couldn’t get a shot off from half-court and Yerington held on.
“We started pressing them in the fourth quarter and I think that got us back into the game,” Jaureguito said.
Jaureguito was even pleased with the shots South Tahoe was getting, but the offense stalled in the third quarter. While Jaureguito wanted to see South Tahoe play better against Yerington and Monte Vista more than he needed a win, the loss makes South Tahoe’s border battle with Whittell at 4 p.m. Tuesday a must-win game.
“I told them I didn’t care who won or lost (on Wednesday),” he said. “I wanted them to put forth an effort.
“I think they took a giant step forward today in terms of playing hard and effort,” he said. “Realizing that, I think they’ll go home happy.”
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