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South Tahoe Vikings get into winning ledger

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The South Tahoe Vikings boys basketball team finally got into the winning ledger in league play with a resounding 64-46 win over the Douglas Tigers Friday night.

“Everyone had a smile on their face,” senior Chris Ortiz said.

Ortiz paced the Vikings with 31 points, hitting 5 of 7 from three-point land. Matt Connelly had 15 points and Matt Mora added nine for the Vikings, who are 1-3 in the Nevada 4A Sierra Division.

“Coach was telling Clint (Joaquin) and Chris that they needed to step it up during the week,” Andy Mora said. “Chris did it on the offensive end; Clint did it on defense.”

“He was on my butt,” Ortiz said. “Telling me I had to step up and I did.

“I came to play and that’s what happens when I come to play.

“I was in the zone.”

Connelly and Joaquin held the Tigers’ leading scorer, Seth Lee, in check for most of the game, allowing him only 20 points on the night.

“Matt and Clint really held him in check,” Viking coach Derek Allister said.

Aaron Shively, recently inserted into the starting lineup, had a fantastic game, playing strong defense and grabbing rebounds for the Vikings.

“Things really seem to click when he’s on the court,” Allister said. “He may not always score a lot of points, but he’s making things happen.”

The Douglas boys basketball team struggled from the floor, going just 16-for-65 (29 percent) in falling to 1-3 in league play. The Tigers were 0-for-15 from 3-point range.

Douglas still trailed by just four points with 5 minutes left in the game. The Vikings put the game away by hitting 11-of-14 foul shots in the fourth quarter while Douglas was just 2 of 16 from the floor in the final period.

South Tahoe has to turn around and face Carson on Tuesday at home in another crucial league matchup.

“(The Douglas win) really helps us out,” Mora said. “But coach says we can’t get too high because we have Carson next.

“The next couple of weeks are really important for us.”

Douglas is too mcuh for Viking girls

The Douglas girls basketball team was able to overcome losing one of its top players to break through for its first league win.

Despite losing Tarrah Kizer to a sprained ankle in the first three minutes of the game, the Tigers went on to beat South Tahoe 58-33 on Friday at home.

“With Tarrah going down early, we really stepped it up,” Douglas coach Werner Christian said. “We played great defense.

“We rebounded better and we shot the ball better.

“It was a big improvement and a nice step forward.”

Douglas hit six of its first eight shots in building a 13-1 lead. South Tahoe closed to within seven points in the third quarter when its leading scorer, Lindsey Hitt fouled out with three minutes, 19 seconds left in the period. The Tigers were able to hold Hitt to three points.

After Hitt fouled out, Douglas went on a 20-4 run to end the third quarter and begin the fourth period to take a 50-27 lead.

Kristen Garzapena hit two 3-pointers at the end of the third quarter to spark the run.

Lindsay Rollins had 13 points and eight rebounds, Julie Gingrich had eight points and eight rebounds, Garzapena hit three 3s for all nine of her points, Andrea Honer had six points and nine rebounds, Lisa Doner had six points and five rebounds, Amber Gwinn had six points and three steals and Renee Boucher added three steals for Douglas (1-3 in league play).

“It was a total team effort,” Christian said. “All 11 played and all 11 played well. There was no drop off.”

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