South Tahoe girls b-ball swept by Lowry, Sparks |

South Tahoe girls b-ball swept by Lowry, Sparks

Anthony Gentile

The South Tahoe girls basketball team suffered a pair of losses in consecutive days last weekend, Feb. 5-6, to all but seal its postseason fate. The Vikings fell at Lowry 51-25 before losing at home to Sparks 40-36, results that keep them in seventh place in Div. I-A Northern League.

In its last home game of the season, South Tahoe (5-15, 4-10 I-A Northern) suffered a narrow defeat Saturday, Feb. 6. The Vikings lost to Sparks 40-36, allowing the Railroaders to notch their first victory of the season.

“We came out a bit flat and lackadaisical,” Vikings coach Mike Neiger said. “I cautioned our team against underestimating our opponent.”

The Vikings trailed 11-4 after the opening frame Saturday, and rallied to take the lead headed into the fourth quarter. South Tahoe matched Sparks (1-13, 1-11) during the final frame, but it wasn’t enough in to avoid defeat in the team’s home finale.

“The other side wanted it more than us,” Neiger said.

Senior Bailey Barcellos led South Tahoe with 12 points against the Railroaders. Junior Zoe Mosedale finished with eight and senior Annie Buchser added four.

On Friday, Feb. 5, the Vikings stayed with playoff-bound Lowry for a half but ultimately couldn’t match the Buckaroos’ defensive intensity en route to defeat. South Tahoe fell to Lowry 51-25, a loss that saw the visitors outscored by 18 points after the break.

Barcellos led South Tahoe with 13 points, Mosedale finished with five and junior Drue Chapman added three. Neiger said good offensive looks were hard to find and that turnovers ultimately cost the Vikings against the Buckaroos’ pressure defense.

South Tahoe returns to action Friday, Feb. 12, at Spring Creek. The Vikings conclude the regular season at Elko on Saturday, Feb. 13.

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