South Tahoe girls b-ball falls at Incline in season opener
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In its season opener, the South Tahoe girls basketball team fell short against a tough opponent. The Vikings lost at defending Div. III state champion Incline 47-37 Tuesday night, a second straight season-opening loss at the hands of the Highlanders.
“These preseason games will show us where we need to improve,” Vikings head coach Mike Neiger said.
South Tahoe (0-1) had an 11-10 lead after the first quarter and trailed by two at halftime. Incline (1-0) outscored the Vikings 15-9 in the third quarter en route to a double-digit victory.
“It was actually a good learning experience for us in going man defense for the whole game,” Neiger said.
Offensively, the Vikings shot 28 percent from the field — including 11-of-30 in the paint — and went 7-for-16 from the free-throw line. STHS committed 28 turnovers in the loss.
“What stood out to me was taking care of the ball,” Neiger said. “We worked very hard to grab a rebound, then made a difficult pass rather than the easy one — and paid the price.”
Ally King led South Tahoe with a team-high 14 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals, and Bailey Barcellos finished with seven points and five steals. Andi Embry and Drue Chapman scored five points apiece, and Zoe Mosedale added three. Alicia Rea pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds for the Vikings to go along with one point, and Catherine Baghdikian had eight rebounds and two points.
“We missed opportunities,” Neiger said. “But that is expected to a small degree in game one.”
For Incline, Molly Franklin scored a game-high 29 points. Franklin finished 7-for-23 from the field and hit five three-pointers.
South Tahoe returned to action Thursday night, when it began play at the High Sierra Winter Challenge in Reno against Union Mine (El Dorado, Calif.). The Vikings will play four games in three days at the tournament — they face Wooster Friday night and have games against Heritage (Littleton, Colo.) and Douglas on Saturday.
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