South Tahoe girls b-ball falls to rival Truckee 47-40 |

South Tahoe girls b-ball falls to rival Truckee 47-40

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe junior Maia Smith (left) and senior Bailey Barcellos (right) swarm Truckee’s Sydney Mock in a Div. I-A Northern League game Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Blue Gym.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Slow starts have plagued the South Tahoe girls basketball team throughout the season, and a rough first half proved too much to overcome Tuesday, Feb. 2. The Vikings lost to cross-lake rival Truckee 47-40, allowing the Wolverines to complete the regular season sweep.

South Tahoe (5-13, 4-8 I-A Northern) trailed 28-14 at halftime after a sluggish opening two quarters. The Vikings had struggled offensively while scoring three points first quarter, then couldn’t slow Truckee (11-9, 5-5) in the second quarter to fall in a 14-point hole.

The Vikings were outscored 18-11 in the second quarter, with Wolverines point guard Sydney Mock doing most of the damage. Mock scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the frame, including a stretch of eight straight that gave Truckee a 20-7 lead.

South Tahoe trailed by 15 points after a back-and-forth third quarter, and turned up its defensive pressure to close the gap in the fourth. The Vikings pulled within 42-35 when junior Drue Chapman hit a 3-pointer with 3:15 to play, but Truckee answered with four free throws in a four-second span to stay comfortably in front.

Senior Bailey Barcellos led South Tahoe with 13 points in the loss, and was one of three Vikings in double figures. Chapman and junior Claudia Janese each finished with 10 points, after combining for two in the first half.

Mock scored 16 of her game-high total in the first half. The senior was held in check offensively over the last two frames, largely due to South Tahoe running a box-and-one defense to keep her out of the paint.

South Tahoe returns to action at Lowry on Friday, Feb. 5. The Vikings host Sparks the following afternoon on Saturday, Feb. 6, with tipoff at 1 p.m.

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