South Tahoe girls b-ball starts fast, routs Dayton 68-47
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe girls basketball team rode a fast start to a decisive victory Tuesday night. The Vikings beat visiting Dayton 68-47, delivering a second straight league win with a season-best offensive output.
“It’s another notch in the win column for league and we’re moving forward,” Vikings head coach Mike Neiger said.
South Tahoe (6-8, 3-2 I-A Northern) began the game with an 8-3 run, and opened up a 23-8 lead after the first quarter. From the outset, the Vikings overwhelmed Dayton (1-10, 0-5) with man-to-man defensive pressure that led to turnovers and transition opportunities.
“That was great — we’ve been waiting for a start like that for a long time,” Neiger said. “We rebounded, pushed the ball up and got into early offense.”
The Vikings closed out the opening frame with 10 straight points, and were in complete control as the first-quarter buzzer sounded. But the hosts couldn’t keep that momentum going at the start of the second quarter, allowing Dayton to stay in the game.
“It was a lapse — you can’t have lapses like that,” Neiger said.
The Dust Devils scored the first six points of the second quarter to spark a run that cut South Tahoe’s lead to 26-21 with 4:03 left in the half. After that flat start, the Vikings responded with a 12-2 run to stretch their lead back to 15 points by halftime.
“In the second quarter we kind of let them hang around,” Neiger said. “My message at halftime was about killer instinct — you have to have it and you can’t lose it.”
In the second half, South Tahoe remained in control. The Vikings began the third quarter on an 11-3 run, and opened up a 23-point lead on a pair of free throws from forward Catherine Baghdikian with 4:31 left in the frame.
South Tahoe led by 19 after three quarters and scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to turn the game into a blowout. The Vikings’ 68 points were a season-high — their previous best was 53 in a win over Wooster (Reno, Nev.) on Dec. 5.
“We pushed the ball up better,” Neiger said. “We had a nice little tempo and got some open looks — we put a new wrinkle in our half-court set at practice and we got four good looks out of it.
Four Vikings players scored in double figures in the victory, led by a triple-double from guard Ally King. The senior turned in a career performance with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 steals — the points and steals were both season-high marks.
Baghdikian had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win. She controlled the boards against a Dayton team that didn’t have a player taller than 5-foot-7.
“She did well and did her job — she got to the block, posted up and got looks,” Neiger said. “She rebounded well — that starts our offense.”
Guard Bailey Barcellos finished with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists against the Dust Devils and guard Drue Chapman totaled 11 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals. South Tahoe’s 21-point win could have been even more lopsided — the Vikings shot only 7-for-23 from the free-throw line.
For Dayton, forward Angela Sikora scored a team-high 18 points and guard Christina Ricci added nine. South Tahoe played the Dust Devils shorthanded — the Vikings were missing forward Valeria Garcia due to illness and without forward Alicia Rea for the third straight contest, then lost starting guard Zoe Mosedale to injury in the first quarter.
South Tahoe continues league play Saturday at home against Fernley. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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