South Tahoe girls b-ball holds off Sparks 52-45 |

South Tahoe girls b-ball holds off Sparks 52-45

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe guard Bailey Barcellos scored 10 points in the Vikings’ win at Sparks on Tuesday. Barcellos hit a handful of key jump shots in the victory.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SPARKS, Nev. — The South Tahoe girls basketball team started fast and held on for victory on the road Tuesday. The Vikings beat Sparks 52-45 at the Brick House, withstanding a late push from the Railroaders to get back in the win column.

“We got the win but it was closer than I would have liked,” Vikings head coach Mike Neiger said. “We’re still trying to get healthy and get past this bug that has affected our team.”

South Tahoe (7-9, 4-3 I-A Northern) scored the first nine points of the game and had a 12-6 lead after the opening quarter. The Vikings opened up an 11-point lead by halftime.

In the second half, the Vikings overcame what Neiger called sloppy play to hand Sparks (2-9, 1-5) a fifth straight loss. South Tahoe led 36-25 after the third quarter and went onto win by seven — the Railroaders scored 20 points in the fourth quarter as part of a late surge.

Guard Ally King led South Tahoe with 17 points in the win, to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Guard Bailey Barcellos scored 10 points — including a handful of clutch outside shots — and pulled down six rebounds.

Forward Catherine Baghdikian finished with eight points and seven rebounds for the Vikings, guard Drue Chapman had five points, seven rebounds and five steals, and forward Alicia Rea scored a point and grabbed eight rebounds. South Tahoe produced a victory despite 31 turnovers and 15-for-35 shooting from the free-throw line.

“If we make half of our misses, it’s a little more comfortable down the stretch,” Neiger said.

For Sparks, Marisa Coleman scored a game-high 28 points on 13-of-20 shooting. The Railroaders have dropped five straight league contests since beating Dayton on Dec. 19.

South Tahoe returns to action Saturday at Fallon. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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