Fallon escapes with 53-46 win over Lady Vikings
South Tahoe’s Lady Vikings missed an opportunity to knock off Fallon, one of three one-loss teams in IA Northern league play.
The Greenwave escaped South Tahoe with a 53-46 win Saturday.
“It’s just about missed opportunities today. This was our opportunity to make a huge statement in league,” South Tahoe coach Michael Neiger said after the game.
“It came down to missed easy shots and, late in the game, giving up offensive rebounds on free throws. That was an absolute killer.”
With the loss, the Lady Vikings fall to 5-10, 4-4.
South Tahoe remains in a close three-way race with Truckee and Lowry for fourth place in league standings. The Lady Vikings play both of those teams on the road this week.
Fallon (10-7, 7-1) jumped out to a strong 15-4 first-quarter lead.
South Tahoe fought back in the second quarter with baskets by Hannah Neiger, Ally King, Jordyn Dion and Riley Chapman and trailed 27-22 at halftime.
The Lady Vikings would remain within a basket or two of Fallon throughout the second half.
But missed shots by South Tahoe and strong offensive rebounding by Fallon late in the game combined to give Fallon the 53-46 win. The Vikings shot 13 of 24 from the free throw line.
King led South Tahoe in scoring with 16 points. Neiger scored 11, Dion scored seven and Andi Jo Embry scored six.
“We played well. We stepped up our intensity, our confidence shooting the ball. It’s the missed easy shots. You don’t get them back,” Neiger said.
Megan McCormick led Fallon in scoring with 18 points. Ali Tedford scored 15 and Hannah Lindsay scored 12.
The Lady Vikings play league games at Truckee Friday and at Lowry Saturday. They return home to face league opponents Elko and Spring Creek the following week.