South Tahoe girls b-ball loses at Spring Creek, Elko, finishes 7th in Div. I-A Northern League
A lack of consistency and missed opportunities cost the South Tahoe girls basketball team throughout its 2015-16 season, and haunted the Vikings during its last two games of the season. South Tahoe fell at playoff-bound Spring Creek and Elko last weekend, Feb. 12-13, to finish seventh in Div. I-A Northern League.
“I think our inexperience showed this year, leading to too many periods of inconsistency,” Vikings coach Mike Neiger said.
South Tahoe (5-17, 4-12 I-A Northern) finished the campaign with a 76-54 loss at Elko on Saturday, Feb. 13. The Vikings hung with the Indians for a half before falling short.
The Vikings trailed Elko (14-5, 12-4) by three after the first two quarters, a deficit that stretched to 15 by the end of the third. South Tahoe allowed a season-high total in a season-ending loss to the Indians, who finished third in the league standings.
“We had too many misses from close range,” Neiger said.
Senior Bailey Barcellos led South Tahoe with 17 points Saturday. Junior Drue Chapman finished with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists, senior Annie Buchser had eight points, eight rebounds and four steals, and junior Claudia Janese added seven points and five rebounds.
On Friday, Feb. 12, the Vikings fell at Spring Creek 46-35. A rough second quarter proved too much for South Tahoe to overcome in the road defeat against the Spartans.
South Tahoe trailed by one after the first quarter, but was outscored 15-3 in the second quarter to head into the break facing a 25-12 deficit. The Vikings pulled to within nine points in the second half, but it was too little too late.
Barcellos scored a team-high 15 points for the Vikings against the Spartans, who finished fifth in the league standings. South Tahoe shot 8-for-28 from the free-throw line in the 11-point defeat.
The Vikings finished the season two games out of the playoffs, and ended the campaign on a five-game losing streak. Neiger said woes from the charity stripe ultimately kept South Tahoe out of the postseason.
“I can point to at least four games this season where free throws were the difference,” Neiger said. “That’s an 8-8 record and we’re playing this week.”