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South Tahoe boys, girls hoopsters heading into key stretch

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Postseason essentially begins tonight for the South Tahoe boys’ and girls’ basketball teams.

Four games remain on each of the Vikings schedules and three are against teams poised for playoffs.

The South Tahoe boys are tied for fifth place in league with six teams qualifying for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 3A Northern League Basketball Championships Feb. 21-23 at North Valleys High School in Reno.

The Vikings smashed their rival Truckee, 59-36, last Friday, Feb. 1, to sweep the season series and had a week to prepare for Lowry’s visit tonight to South Tahoe.

The Buckaroos (10-4 Northern) sit in third place just above Fernley (9-6 Northern), the Vikings (8-6 Northern) and Dayton (8-6 Northern) and all are chasing Elko (14-0 Northern) and Churchill County (13-2 Northern).

South Tahoe hosts Lowry at 7:30 p.m. and the next day will travel to Fernley for a 2:30 p.m. tip-off, the start of three straight road games to end the season, Feb. 15 at Elko and Feb. 16 at Spring Creek (4-9 Northern)

The Vikings lost 75-67 Jan. 4 at Lowry and defeated Fernley 64-52 Dec. 7 at home to open league play.

South Tahoe would love to win enough games down the stretch to earn a No. 4 seed rather that getting a 5 or 6 where they’d face Elko or Churchill in the first round.

The Lady Vikings (6-8 Northern) are hanging on to the final qualifying spot. They are trying to hold off Elko (5-9 Northern) who has a much easier closing four games.

Their head-to-head match Feb. 15 at Elko will be a big game.

The Lady Vikings host Lowry (10-4 Northern) at 6 p.m. Friday and head to Fernley (9-6 Northern) the next day.

They travel to Elko next Friday and close the regular season the next day at Spring Creek (12-2 Northern).