South Tahoe girls b-ball can’t overcome slow start against Lowry, falls 46-34 |

South Tahoe girls b-ball can’t overcome slow start against Lowry, falls 46-34

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe junior Zoe Mosedale goes up for a shot in front of Lowry’s Alyssa Kuskie in a league contest on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Blue Gym.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — In the second half of its Div. I-A Northern League contest against Lowry on Saturday, Jan. 16, the South Tahoe girls basketball team controlled play and dominated its opposition. Unfortunately, a strong finish couldn’t make up for a slow start.

The Vikings lost to the Buckaroos 46-34 at the Blue Gym on Saturday, ultimately done in by a rough first half. South Tahoe trailed by 26 points at halftime, and couldn’t affect the game’s outcome despite playing well after the break.

“That’s a tough opponent,” Vikings coach Mike Neiger said. “They were able to dictate the action in the first half and we found ourselves in a deep hole.”

South Tahoe (3-8, 2-3 I-A Northern) trailed 15-4 after the opening frame, and its last points of the quarter came on a fast-break layup from junior Zoe Mosedale with 4:32 left. Lowry (9-6, 5-2) scored the last eight points of the first quarter, and capitalized on 11 Vikings turnovers to jump out to a double-digit lead.

The Buckaroos further extended their lead in the second quarter, and had a commanding 34-8 advantage at halftime. South Tahoe was overwhelmed by Lowry’s full- and half-court defensive pressure, and the visitors converted a number of transition baskets en route to taking a 26-point lead.

The Vikings showed signs of life after the break, opening the third quarter on a 9-2 run to set the tone for a strong second half. Despite showing improvement, South Tahoe still trailed by 22 points headed into the fourth quarter.

South Tahoe continued to outplay Lowry in the final frame, even with the outcome not in question. The Vikings closed the contest on an 11-2 run — including a 3-pointer from senior Bailey Barcellos at the buzzer that made it a 12-point game.

“I was happy that we won the second half,” Neiger said. “That’s a positive to take away.”

Junior Maia Smith led South Tahoe with a career-high 13 points in the loss. Smith attacked the basket throughout the game, leading to 13 free-throw attempts — she converted nine of them.

“Maia gave us a peek at what she’s capable of with her athleticism,” Neiger said.

Barcellos finished with seven points and junior Drue Chapman pulled down seven rebounds to go along with two points and three assists. South Tahoe shot 28 percent (12-of-43) in the loss.

“We definitely know where we need to be better as the season progresses,” Neiger said. “Consistency is the key for this group.”

For Lowry, Jillian Albright scored a game-high 14 points as part of a well-rounded performance. The senior pulled down nine rebounds, dished out six assists and had six steals.

South Tahoe returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Sparks. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. for the contest moved from Friday, Jan. 15, due to weather and transportation issues.

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