South Tahoe girls b-ball beats Truckee 48-33 in league opener
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The South Tahoe girls basketball team capitalized on repeated Truckee fouls and a tough shooting night by the host Wolverines to earn a 48-33 win in both teams’ league openers Tuesday night.
After an evenly matched first quarter, the Vikings took control in the second frame. South Tahoe (4-5, 1-0 I-A Northern) outscored the Wolverines 19-6 to carry a 31-16 lead into the half.
Truckee (2-1, 0-1) fought back after the break and cut its deficit to three points, 36-33. But South Tahoe scored the last four points of third quarter and held Truckee scoreless in the fourth to pull away.
“I thought we played well, except for the third quarter,” South Tahoe head coach Mike Neiger said. “We ran a good offense and didn’t force shots, and we played good man defense and got some deflections.”
During the Vikings’ big second quarter, they shot 17 free throws to Truckee’s six — and converted 12 of the attempts. The Vikings were 20-of-34 from the charity stripe in the contest, compared to Truckee’s 9-for-22 night.
Fouls caught up to the Wolverines, whose top two offensive threats fouled out in the second half. Senior guard Marcelle Raynaud, who was a catalyst early with six points in the opening frame, fouled out in the third quarter. Junior point guard Sydney Mock, who led the Wolverines with 15 points, picked up her fifth foul with 3:16 remaining in the game.
“We wanted to contain Sydney and make the others beat us,” Neiger said. “We seemed to have a size advantage, so we worked the ball into the post and were able to dictate.”
Senior guard Ally King led all scorers with an efficient 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals. She shot 5-of-10 from the field and was 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Junior guard Bailey Barcellos added nine points and seven rebounds for the Vikings, and sophomore guard Drue Chapman had four assists and three steals.
For Truckee, Mock stepped up her game offensively after Reynaud got into foul trouble. The speedy guard scored all six of Truckee’s second-quarter points — when it seemed there was a lid on the Wolverines’ basket — and added seven points in the third quarter. Several of her three-point attempts in the frame rimmed out.
Junior forward Adela Ortiz contributed to the Wolverines’ comeback by scoring seven of her eight points in the third quarter, including a three-pointer to open the half.
“When they settled down they started making shots,” Truckee coach Dave Shalvis said of his players. “We talked about that at the half. But then we started fouling out.”
South Tahoe returns to action Friday night at Lowry (2-3, 0-0) — tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. The Vikings make their home debut Saturday against North Valleys (Reno, Nev.) at 3 p.m. — their last game before winter break.
South Tahoe and Truckee meet again on Jan. 24.