South Tahoe girls b-ball loses defensive struggle at Fallon
FALLON, Nev. — The first meeting between the South Tahoe and Fallon girls basketball teams wasn’t pretty — but the Greenwave were happy to end the first round of league play with a victory. Fallon clawed and scratched their way to a 33-22 Division I-A Northern win over the visiting Vikings last Saturday at Elmo Dericco Gym.
South Tahoe (4-4, 7-10) drops into a logjam for the fourth and final playoff spot with Fernley (4-4, 7-9) and Spring Creek (4-4, 7-10). Fallon’s win keeps the Greenwave (6-2 league, 9-7 overall) within striking distance of Lowry (8-0, 12-4) and Elko (7-1, 11-7).
“Just a drought offensively,” Vikings coach Mike Neiger said. “I don’t know how many teams are holding Fallon to 33. We were doing well on defense, but just couldn’t get anything going on offense.”
Fallon and South Tahoe both struggled offensively throughout the game as neither team could find its rhythm. The Vikings shot just 23 percent (9-of-40) from the floor and only connected on 4-of-14 free-throw attempts.
Fallon wasn’t much better, although the Greenwave relied on its post presence of Megan McCormick and Madison Perazzo.
“When you miss your wide open shot, it’s a lack of focus,” Fallon coach Anne Smith said. “They kept it together and came away with a win, although it was ugly. The defensive effort was good.”
McCormick led Fallon with 12 points, while Perazzo added 10. Despite the double-digit performances, both had trouble hitting numerous shots in the post.
“I think that we kind of hit a bump in the road and build off it,” McCormick said. “I think we are rushing our shots and not focusing on the square on the (backboard).”
Still, McCormick’s physical play and hustle kept South Tahoe’s post players from establishing a presence on the block. The Vikings’ Catherine Baghdikian and Alicia Rea were limited to five and two points, respectively.
Fallon’s defense also held down Vikings leading scorer Ally King, who finished 4-for-18 from the floor for nine points.
South Tahoe managed to shut down Fallon’s best player, Ali Tedford, who only scored one point and was not a factor as foul trouble limited her time on the floor.
Fallon took a 10-3 lead after the first quarter thanks to four points from McCormick and three from guard Maggie O’Flaherty.
South Tahoe countered in the second quarter to trim the lead to 16-10 at the break. King and Rea each scored baskets as South Tahoe was able to fight its way back.
But South Tahoe’s shooting woes were too much to overcome.
A trio of buckets from McCormick, Perazzo and O’Flaherty pushed Fallon’s lead to 22-10, while Tedford picked up her fourth foul with 3:08 left in the period. Although Tedford was sidelined for about six minutes, Fallon’s defense never wavered.
South Tahoe managed to cut the deficit to nine twice, but a jumper by Perazzo and a pair of free throws from McCormick, who was 6-of-8 from the line for the game, sealed the win.
“I am pleased with their play,” Smith said of her posts. “The posts did exactly what they were supposed to do. They took some relief off the outside.”
South Tahoe returns to action at home Friday night as it begins the second round of league play. The Vikings host Lowry at 6 p.m. Friday before facing Truckee at the Blue Gym Saturday at 1 p.m.
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