South Tahoe girls b-ball goes 1-3 at High Sierra Winter Challenge
The South Tahoe girls basketball team only won one of four games at the High Sierra Winter Challenge last week — but gained valuable experience in the process. The Vikings’ lone tournament win came against Wooster (Reno, Nev.) last Friday night — and doubled as their first victory of the season.
“Overall this tournament was a great experience for our team,” Vikings head coach Mike Neiger said. “Playing the larger schools helps prepare us for our conference schedule.”
South Tahoe beat Wooster 53-36 last Friday at Spanish Springs High, rolling to a win over the Colts despite missing 13 free throws. The Vikings opened up a 16-8 lead after the first quarter, maintained that advantage at halftime and outscored Wooster 18-9 in the third quarter to build a comfortable 17-point lead.
“The girls came out strong against Wooster and stayed defensively disciplined, which created points on offense,” Neiger said. “We shot the ball much better and that opened up the key for our post players.”
Guard Ally King scored a team-high 19 points in the win, shooting 5-for-8 from the field and making all seven of her free-throw attempts. King also led the Vikings with seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Guard Drue Chapman scored in double figures against Wooster — she had 14 points to go along with four assists and three steals. Guard Bailey Barcellos finished with six points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals and guard Zoe Mosedale added six points — forward Valeria Garcia grabbed six rebounds and forward Catherine Baghdikian pulled down five.
The Vikings opened tournament play with a 45-29 loss to Union Mine (El Dorado, Calif.) last Thursday at McQueen High. South Tahoe trailed by eight entering the fourth quarter, but only scored three points as the Diamondbacks pulled away.
“We came out flat and lacked any sense of urgency, which resulted in turnovers and defensive lapses,” Neiger said.
In its first game Saturday at Reno High, South Tahoe fell to Heritage (Littleton, Colo.) 40-33. The Vikings lost a tight contest despite shooting 20 percent from the field.
“What stands out to me after watching the film is missed opportunities in the paint,” Neiger said. “We had plenty of looks in both games (Saturday), but couldn’t convert many of them at all.”
King scored a game-high 16 points in the loss to go along with six rebounds, three assists and five steals. Barcellos and Chapman each added six points — Garcia pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and had three steals.
In South Tahoe’s tournament finale, the Vikings were held to a season-low 20 points and lost to Douglas (Minden, Nev.) 30-20 on Saturday. STHS trailed by 21 points after three quarters before outscoreing the Tigers 11-0 in the final frame.
“The Douglas game was more of the same shooting coupled with 5-of-19 from the free-throw line,” Neiger said. “It’s hard to compete when you can’t score — Douglas outworked us and they deserve credit.”
King led the South Tahoe with eight points, seven rebounds and three steals; Garcia added three points and six rebounds. South Tahoe shot 27 percent from the field in the loss.
South Tahoe takes a 1-4 record into a rematch with Douglas on Wednesday night. Tipoff at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.