South Tahoe girls save best for final home game |

South Tahoe girls save best for final home game

Unfortunately for South Tahoe High’s hopes to send two hoops teams to the playoffs, the Vikings girls saved their best game for Tuesday.

South Tahoe knew it was too far down in the Northern Nevada 4A Division II standings to qualify for the playoffs, but put its best game on the home hardwood against division-leading Reno. The Vikings still lost, 77-55 to the taller, quicker, fast-breaking Huskies, but improved dramatically from their 59-point shelling Jan. 11 in Reno.

“They’ve started a tradition, and all those (advantages) add up to a program that does a pretty good job,” Vikings coach Tim Jaureguito said of his opposition Tuesday.

Reno (19-7 overall, 10-1 in Division II) scored eight unanswered to lead 37-21 at halftime, then blew the game wide open in the third quarter, holding the Vikings (6-18, 3-8) scoreless for four and a half minutes. By the end of the period, the Huskies had a 58-32 lead. Junior forward Brita Class led Reno’s girls with 16 points, and Meghann Huckstaff added 15 more.

“They caught us in their press, and they got a few points off that, and we had a lot of fouls,” said Vikings senior forward Tirah Samura, playing in her final home game.

Still, Jaureguito called the all-around game South Tahoe’s best of the year. Senior forward Missy Johnson, who led South Tahoe with 15 points, agreed.

“There was just a lot of incentive to do well in front of our own crowd,” she said.

Samura attributed it to focus.

“Everyone was just so focused this game – not to say we’re not focused in other games, there was just kind of a drive today,” she said.

The Vikings hope to build on that – and add a fourth league win in Friday’s finale at Fallon.

“We definitely want to go out with a win,” Johnson said. “There’d be no better way to go out than with a win in our last game.”

South Tahoe and Fallon tip at 5:15 p.m. Friday on the Greenwave’s home court.

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