Monday sports wrap
CARSON CITY – South Tahoe High School locked up a home-court berth for the Northern 4A boys basketball zone tournament with a 67-46 victory against Carson Friday night.
Now comes the big test – a showdown at home against Reno for the Division II championship on Tuesday night.
“This was a big win tonight,” South Tahoe senior guard John Giannoni III said afterward. “We’re enjoying it, but now, it almost doesn’t mean anything anymore because we have to come right back and win again Tuesday.”
Matt Williams scored 14 points to lead a balanced attack in which five players reached double digits as the Vikings (21-4) improved their second-place Division II record to 9-1 at Carson’s Morse Burley Gymnasium. The loss dropped Carson to 6-4 (15-10 overall) and out of contention for second place.
“Give Tahoe credit,” Carson coach Tom Andreasen said. “They’re tough to play the second time around. They adjust real well to you. That’s a good basketball team.”
This time the Senators stumbled early, as they managed to score only four points in the second quarter and fell behind by 29-18 at halftime. The Vikings stepped up their performance from a come-from-behind 65-56 Jan. 29, according to coach Tom Orlich.
“We were fortunate to win last Saturday,” Orlich said. “Tonight, we earned our win.”
Being patient on offense and good shot selection was a high priority for the Vikings.
“We had a good game plan,” Giannoni said. “We wanted to keep them off the boards, we wanted to get good movement and we wanted to be patient and get good shots. We stuck to the game plan, and played four good quarters.”
Giannoni scored 12 points and handed out four assists, three of which resulted in 3-pointers by Williams. Travis McCollum added 12 points, Andy Butcher 11 and Bob Larmore 10 for South Tahoe.
Matt Leck led Carson with 10 points, while Cody Longero added nine.
Whittell can’t overcome Lovelock
In its best chance for win No. 1 on Saturday, Whittell’s girls basketball team stayed even with Lovelock before a 19-9 second-quarter run sank the Warriors.
Whittell (0-7 in Northern Nevada 3A play, 0-15 overall) battled the Mustangs dead even in the first quarter at Pershing County before Lovelock pulled away with a second-quarter run, and held on for a 56-37 home win. Lovelock survived Whittell’s highest offensive output of the season.
“The biggest difference was that they were able to penetrate our zone defense and get the easy 12-foot jump shots,” Whittell head coach Lindsay Wines said.
Whittell held Lovelock’s two top scorers, Missy Safford and Michelle Carpenter, to nine points apiece.
Caitlin Fagan led Whittell with 17 points, and shot 13 for 17 from the free-throw line. Nichole Wasson chipped in five points, 12 rebounds and three steals for Whittell.
Whittell returns to action on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a home game against Manogue.
South Tahoe girls stumble
There were some bright spots for South Tahoe, they were just too few and too far-between in Friday’s 59-27 Northern 4A Division II loss to Carson.
Trailing 25-5 early in the second quarter and with Carson’s reserves on the floor, the Vikings came back as Tirah Samura converted a steal into a layup, Ashley Larmore added a free throw and Lindsey Hitt knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing off an assist from Amy Carter. The Vikings pulled to within 25-11 and Carson coach Paul Croghan re-inserted the first unit.
The Vikings also began the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run, including two buckets on drives by Missy Johnson, while Samura banked in another off the glass.
Samura and Johnson finished with seven points each to lead South Tahoe offensively. Samura grabbed seven rebounds to go with four steals. Hitt also contributed five points and four steals, and Carter had five points and four rebounds.
The Vikings host Division II-leading Reno on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.
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