South Tahoe girls b-ball falls to Elko, Spring Creek on road
The South Tahoe girls basketball team suffered a pair of road defeats last weekend, losses that dim its playoff chances. The Vikings lost at Elko last Friday night and at Spring Creek the following afternoon, and now sit two games outside of the postseason picture.
Last Friday night, South Tahoe fell to Elko 45-31 at Centennial Gymnasium. The Vikings trailed by eight at halftime, and didn’t get closer than that in the second half as Elko (13-9, 11-2 I-A Northern) pulled away.
Guard Ally King led the Vikings with nine points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in the loss. Forward Valeria Garcia scored eight points, and forward Alicia Rea added six points to go along with a team-high 11 rebounds.
South Tahoe and Elko both shot 28 percent from the field in Friday’s contest — but the Indians finished with 19 more field goal attempts. That discrepancy was due to rebounding — Elko outrebounded the Vikings 45-27, a total that included 27 offensive boards.
On Saturday afternoon, the Vikings lost a defensive struggle to Spring Creek 32-27. The defeat reversed a result from the first round of league play and dealt a blow to South Tahoe’s playoff chances.
The Vikings trailed 17-9 at halftime after a rough two quarters offensively. South Tahoe scored only two points in the first quarter, and pulled to within one in the second before Spring Creek (10-11, 7-5) closed the half with seven straight points.
South Tahoe trailed by that same eight-point margin after a third quarter in which both teams combined for six points. The Vikings came within a possession of Spring Creek three times in the last two minutes of the game, but couldn’t get closer than three points as the Spartans were able to close out the game from the free-throw line.
The losses drop South Tahoe to 5-7 in league play and 8-13 overall. With four games left in the regular season, the Vikings are tied with Fernley for fifth place and trail Spring Creek by two games for the last playoff spot.
The Vikings returned to action Tuesday night at Dayton. South Tahoe travels to play Fernley on Saturday — tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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