South Tahoe girls b-ball doubled up by Douglas
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — The South Tahoe girls basketball team faced Douglas (Minden, Nev.) for the second time in five days on Wednesday night — and couldn’t reverse the earlier result. The Vikings started slow en route to a 46-23 loss to the Tigers at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School in their last contest prior to the start of league play.
South Tahoe (1-5) turned the ball over on the first six possessions of the game against Douglas’ 1-2-1-1 full-court press, allowing the Tigers to score the first six points. The Vikings got baskets from forward Alicia Rea and guard Bailey Barcellos on back-to-back possessions to make the score 6-4 — then went scoreless for the rest of the first quarter.
“It’s hard to dig out of a hole like that — we were just a little bit out of control,” Vikings head coach Mike Neiger said. “It comes down to composure and decision making — you have to make the easy pass.”
Douglas (7-0) scored the last 13 points of the opening frame to open up a 19-4 lead. South Tahoe responded with six straight points at the start of the second quarter to get back within single digits, and trailed 23-12 at halftime after an even period.
“We worked our butts off to get within single digits, then we have these periods of mental lapses where we throw it through our teammates legs, or we throw it out of bounds or dribble to the half-court line, stop and get doubled,” Neiger said.
After the Tigers scored five points in the first 1:11 of the third quarter, South Tahoe didn’t get closer than 14 the rest of the way. Douglas maintained a lead of at least 17 points throughout the fourth quarter on the way to a seventh consecutive victory to start the season.
Last Saturday, South Tahoe lost to Douglas 30-20 in the High Sierra Winter Challenge. The Vikings switched from man-to-man defense to a 2-3 zone for the second matchup, and played stronger defensively despite allowing more points.
“We got decimated by them in man-to-man last time, so we decided to pack it in and play zone,” Neiger said.
‘“They’re a good, solid team — you have to give them credit,” Neiger said.
Barcellos led South Tahoe with seven points in the loss and guard Ally King scored six. Rea and forward Catherine Baghdikian added four apiece.
For Douglas, guard Maddy Lowe scored a game-high 16 points, point guard McKenna Kynett finished with 10 and forward Corynne Millett added seven. The Tigers had a size advantage over South Tahoe — the 5-foot-10-inch Millett and 5-foot-7-inch Lowe controlled play inside for a majority of the game and grabbed a handful of offensive rebounds.
South Tahoe returns to action Friday night, when it opens league play at Truckee. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
“I’m good with where we are — I love this team, and I have all the confidence in the world in them,” Neiger said. “They have to believe that, then they have to believe in themselves and dictate rather than let the game be dictated to them.”
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