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South Tahoe boys, girls lose to Hug

The South Tahoe High boys’ and girls’ basketball teams each dropped a game to Hug on Friday night in Reno in Nevada 4A Sierra League play.

The boys were defeated 65-44, while the girls lost by a score of 52-38.

The boys’ team now has a 2-4 league record and 4-10 overall mark. The girls’ team record is 0-6 in the league and 1-12 overall.

Derek Allister, head coach of the boys’ team, was unavailable for comment, but junior Dan Tilles, who plays forward for the Vikings, said the game was close to the end.

“We weren’t really in it in the first half, because we had a lot of turnovers (19),” Tilles said. “In the second half we played well, but by then we’d gotten too far behind. We cut the lead to six, and then they came back with a layup and then another layup. There were several runs where we were only down by 10, but with about 1:30 left were were down by maybe 14, and (coach) put in the non-starters.”

Senior center Curtis Johnson led the way for the Viking boys with 27 points and nine blocked shots. Senior forward Niko Klansek did not play, Tilles said.

“They are a good team,” he added. “They can shoot the three.”

For the girls, Micah Owen led the way with 12 points, while Tiffany Pinson added 10 and Becky Burns chipped in eight points.

Head coach Chris Proctor praised the play of Burns, who he said had not seen much playing time up to now.

“She did great,” Proctor said. “She hasn’t played a whole lot, (but) she really blossomed in this game. It was really good for her.”

Proctor said his team was in the game from the beginning, but turnovers cost them a shot at the win.

“I think our biggest problem is still turnovers,” he said. “We started the game off on a 6-0 run and we were doing everything we had worked on the week before. But when you have a team that lacks confidence, the good times sometimes don’t last.

“They are a good team and they made a run at us,” he added of the Hug girls. “Overall, I was very happy with everything. The girls are starting to see they can compete. I think they were more frustrated than usual because they were in this game from the beginning.”

The South Tahoe boys’ and girls’ teams play Carson on Tuesday and Wooster on Friday. All four of the games are at home.

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