South Tahoe girls b-ball loses at Fernley, nearly out of playoff contention |

South Tahoe girls b-ball loses at Fernley, nearly out of playoff contention

Anthony Gentile

FERNLEY, Nev. — The South Tahoe girls basketball team needed a win on the road Saturday to have a solid shot at making the postseason — and wasn’t able to prevent its playoff hopes from taking a hit. The Vikings lost at Fernley 42-35, a defeat that kept them barely alive for the last playoff spot in Div. I-A Northern League.

South Tahoe (9-14, 6-8 I-A Northern) had a 21-11 lead at halftime, but couldn’t hold off the Vaqueros in the second half. Fernley (9-12, 6-7) pulled to within one by the end of the third quarter, then outscored the Vikings 16-8 in the fourth to produce the seven-point victory.

“We had a solid first half,” Vikings head coach Mike Neiger said. “But missed opportunities in the second half coupled with Fernley converting free throws led to the loss.”

Guard Ally King led the Vikings with 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the loss — all team highs. Guard Bailey Barcellos added 10 points and forward Andi Embry added four points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks — in defeat, South Tahoe had 30 turnovers and shot 9-for-27 from the free-throw line.

For Fernley, forward Lynsee Ferretto led the way with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Hailee Edgar added 10 points as the Vaqueros completed the season sweep of South Tahoe — they took the first meeting 41-35 on Jan. 10.

South Tahoe returned to action Tuesday night at home against Sparks for Senior Night. The Vikings conclude the regular season Saturday when they host Fallon — tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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