Starters add points, not victories to Viking performance
It would have been so easy for Douglas High’s girls’ basketball team to overlook South Tahoe on Saturday afternoon.
After all, the Vikings were 1-10 overall and 0-4 in Sierra League. And they were still minus a few players who were suspended after breaking team rules over the Christmas break.
Douglas put that theory to rest early, scoring the game’s first 14 points en route to an smooth 66-42 Sierra Division win Saturday in South Lake Tahoe.
Emily Haas led Douglas with 18 points, and Julie Gingrich added 11. All told, 12 of the Tigers’ 14 players scored, and none of the starters played the last 11 minutes.
“We played well,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said after his team’s third straight Sierra League win. “We don’t overlook anybody. We’re too young of a team to do that.
“We flew around out there defensively. I told the girls it was important to start fast, and that’s what we did.”
The Tigers flew around all right — at warp speed. Douglas pressed, and the Vikings melted. The young Vikings turned the ball over 28 times in the first half, and Douglas turned those mistakes into 28 first-half points en route to a 50-16 lead at the end of two periods.
“We like to press,”Gingrich said. “A lot of teams have problems with it.”
Haas got the Tigers rolling early, scoring eight quick points to give Douglas a 14-0 lead with 3:48 remaining in a quarter that concluded with the Vikings trailing 25-10.
The Tigers opened the second quarter with a 16-1 surge to take a 41-11 lead with 4:52 left. Gingrich scored nine of her 11 points in that span.
South Tahoe scored four quick points, but Douglas went on a 9-2 run to end the half.
The Douglas starters built the lead to 57-18 with 3:55 left in the third quarter when Christen took his starters off the floor for good.
South Tahoe went on to outscore Douglas’ second string 26-16.
“The girls were very excited about that,” said South Tahoe coach Chris Proctor. “The girls would not quit and that was all I ask of them.”
Although the Vikings returned many of their starters, at the same time three more players became ineligible, including the team’s starting center.
“But again the girls … have not let that kind of thing bother them,” Proctor said. “These girls don’t make excuses.”
Tiffany Pinson led South Tahoe with 12, and freshman Monica Knight added 10. Senior Micah Owen scored eight.
South Tahoe also lost to North Valleys 56-31 at home on Friday night. The win was North Valleys’ first in Sierra Division play.
Pinson again led the Vikings on offense with 13. Owen followed up with 10.
“That was a game that obviously everybody was excited for because … it was a team we could compete with,” Proctor said, adding that he was happy with the outcome.
Frosh girls begin a winning streak
Midway through its season, the Viking freshman girls’ basketball team won two games in a row for the first time in more than a year, said girls’ coach Mark Shehadi.
After losing their first four games, the Vikings defeated North Valleys 17-11 on Friday and defeated Douglas with a team high 40-26.
The teams were tied after three periods 19-19 when South Tahoe opened the gate. Stephanie Morrow led with 13, followed by Dana Jensen with seven; Cybil Robinson had six and Brittney Brown and Jessica Bettencourt had five each.
Against Douglas the Vikings attempted 50 free throws.
The Vikings are 2-4 overall and 2-3 in league matches.
— Tribune writer Darin Olde contributed to this report.
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