Sports Roundup: South Tahoe, Whittell basketball teams hit the court for preseason tournaments
SOUTH TAHOE BOYS BASKETBALL NOTCHES FIRST WIN OF SEASON
PLACERVILLE, Calif. — At the Gold Dust Tournament, the South Tahoe boys struck once for its first win of the season. The Vikings routed Amador (Sutter Creek, Calif.) 75-40 at El Dorado High on Saturday, Dec. 3, while playing in their third game in three days.
South Tahoe (1-2) opened the tournament Thursday, Dec. 1, with a 72-50 loss to Central Catholic (Modesto, Calif.), who went undefeated in three games. The Vikings followed that up with a 70-54 loss against Union Mine (El Dorado, Calif.) on Friday, Dec. 2 — the first of two meetings between the teams in a 15-day span.
The Vikings returned to action at home Tuesday, Dec. 6, against Fernley. The game was the 3A Northern League opener for both teams.
WHITTELL BOYS BASKETBALL WINS ONE AT SERPENT CLASSIC
HAWTHORNE, Nev. — The Whittell boys basketball team delivered one win in five contests against tough competition at the Serpent Classic. The Warriors beat Spring Mountain (Las Vegas) 44-34 on Friday, Dec. 2, as part of five games in three days in the tournament at Mineral County High.
Whittell (2-4) lost four games combined to Class 3A and 2A competition during the tournament. The Warriors opened with a 46-33 loss to Pahrump Valley (Pahrump, Nev.) on Thursday, Dec. 1, fell 64-35 to Yerington (Nev.) on Friday and suffered defeats against Battle Mountain (Nev.) 44-26 and Pershing County (Lovelock, Nev.) 41-35 on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Warriors return to action at home in the Whittell Invitational Basketball Tournament starting Wednesday, Dec. 7, against Incline (Incline Village, Nev.) at 7:30 p.m. Whittell hosts Owyhee (Nev.) on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m.; Eureka (Nev.) on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:45 p.m.; and Ashland (Ore.) on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5:45 p.m.
VIKINGS GIRLS BASKETBALL BREAKS THROUGH AT HIGH SIERRA WINTER CHALLENGE
For the South Tahoe girls basketball team, the third time was the charm at the High Sierra Winter Challenge. The Vikings beat Incline (Incline Village, Nev.) 46-32 on Saturday, Dec. 3, notching their first win of the season in their last game at the Reno-area tournament.
South Tahoe (1-2) downed the cross-lake rival Highlanders after a pair of single-digit defeats in consecutive days. The Vikings lost to Carson (Carson City, Nev.) 41-33 on Friday, Dec. 2, and opened the season with a 47-40 loss at Galena (Reno, Nev.) on Thursday, Dec. 1.
In South Tahoe’s season debut, senior Brooke Erdody led the Vikings with 16 points — including five 3-pointers. Senior Drue Chapman finished with 12 points, six assists and four steals while senior Maia Smith grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go along with four points.
South Tahoe returned to action at home Tuesday, Dec. 6, against Fernley in its 3A Northern League opener. The Vikings host Douglas (Minden, Nev.) in a nonleague contest Friday, Dec. 9 — tipoff in the Blue Gym is scheduled for 6 p.m.
WARRIORS GIRLS BASKETBALL COMES UP EMPTY AT SERPENT CLASSIC
HAWTHORNE, Nev. — The Whittell girls basketball team dropped four games to higher-division opponents at the Serpent Classic held Dec. 1-3 at Mineral County High. The Warriors fell to Pershing County (Lovelock, Nev.), Battle Mountain (Nev.), White Pine (Ely, Nev.) and Yerington (Nev.) to remain winless on the season.
Whittell (0-5) returns to action at home in the Whittell Basketball Invitational Tournament starting Wednesday, Dec. 7, against Incline (Incline Village, Nev.) at 6 p.m. The Warriors host West Wendover (Nev.) on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6:45 p.m.; Lone Pine (Calif.) on Friday, Dec. 9, at 5:15 p.m.; and Dayton (Nev.) on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 4:30 p.m.
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