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South Tahoe outlasts Carson

Erick Studenicka

South Tahoe High clinched at least a share of the Nevada 4A Division II boys basketball title with a 57-47 triumph over Carson on Friday night.

The Vikings’ Josh David made 7-of-8 free throw attempts in the closing minutes as the Vikings improved to 22-4 overall and 10-0 in division play. South Tahoe can clinch the division crown on Tuesday with a win at home against second-place Reno (8-2).

Only five Vikings scored, including 15 points apiece by Alan Case and Casey Dowling, 14 by Aaron Buckman and 11 by David.

The Senators, now 5-5, will need wins next week against Fallon and Wooster in order to extend their season into the zone playoffs.

“It was one of our better efforts of the season – I’m proud of them,” said Carson coach Lyle Damon. “We played them very well, and it’s not like they had an off-night.”

Instead of appearing tentative as they had at South Tahoe last month, the Senators came out and forced the play throughout the game, driving against the South Tahoe defenders and getting the ball inside to center Paul Glass.

“We had practiced all week to be more aggressive and take it at them,” said Carson guard Jason Mead, who finished with seven points.

But even Carson’s best basketball couldn’t generate much of a lead against the Vikings, who only trailed 13-12 after the first quarter. The Vikings then shot well from the outside during the second quarter to score 20 points and take a 10-point lead into halftime, 32-22.

Instead of rolling over to the Vikings in the second half, though, Carson responded with some spirited play in the third to cut the Vikings’ lead to four by the end of the third. When Jerry Klopf scored on a drive and subsequent free throw after being fouled with just over two minutes left, Carson trailed by only three, 49-46.

But that would be as close as the Senators would come, as David hit seven of eight free throws to clinch the win for the Vikings.

Carson takes care of business against Vikings

Same school. Different basketball worlds.

That pretty much sums up the situation for the South Tahoe High girls basketball team this season, as the Vikings remained winless in Division II following their 65-35 loss to Carson Friday night. The Viking girls’ division record is now 0-10, the inverse of the South Tahoe boys’ 10-0 unblemished record.

The win, Carson’s ninth in a row, allowed the Senators to remain in first place in Division II with a 9-1 record.

Although they didn’t play together for many minutes, the Senator starters looked good in opening an early 8-0 lead on the Vikings.

“I was pleased with the starters and how they played – I thought they came out ready,” said Carson coach Paul Croghan. “We’ve recently had some good days of practice. I reminded them of the position they were in, and, with the win, I think we’ll at least finish second in the division.”

The Senators shot well early, hitting 11 of their first 23 shots, to take a 38-17 lead at the half. Carson shooting guard Alyson Thurman was seemingly able to set up camp unguarded in the low post against the Vikings, as she scored 16 first-half points en route to a game-high 18.

The Carson back-ups took over where the starters left off, continuing to increase the lead in the Vikings during the third and fourth quarters. By the final buzzer, 10 Senators had scored and Carson was comfortably ahead by 30 points.

Although tough times may have befallen South Tahoe this year, Croghan said the Vikings are on the right track for improvement.

“They play hard and scrapped – that’s a start,” Croghan said. “They’ve got only one senior starting, so they’ll get better.”

Melissa Johnson, Jenny Olson and Casey Hydrick led the Vikings with eight points.

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