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STHS girls give Holmes first win

Jeremy Evans

Neither coach was exactly thrilled about how their respective teams played offensively on Monday night.

Regardless, South Tahoe’s Chris Holmes walked away the happier coach after the Vikings beat North Tahoe 46-28 in a nonleague girls’ basketball game at South Tahoe High School. It was the first career win for Holmes as South Tahoe’s varsity head coach.

“I’m looking forward to an exciting year,” Holmes said. “They’re still learning how to play the game, not knowing when to slow it down and not go full throttle. But they were much better at slowing it down at the end of the game.”

Katelyn Pakes led all scorers with 18 points, including nine in the first quarter when the Vikings (1-1) opened up an 18-3 lead. In the opening quarter, South Tahoe’s press wreaked havoc on the Lakers.

“We have played against the press before this season,” said North Tahoe coach Brad Hester, whose team faces Whittell on Wednesday. “We just didn’t do a good job today early. After that, it was even game.”

Once it settled down, North Tahoe (1-2) outscored South Tahoe 16-15 over the next two quarters. Jessie Hester scored six of her team-high nine points in the second and third quarters, while Jeanna Lanza scored all six of her points during the stretch.

“Our defense played really good,” coach Hester said. “I have no problems with that, but our offense didn’t do a good job of running our motion offense. We were rushing it a little bit and not being patient.”

Holmes felt the same way about his team’s offense, although the Vikings slowed the pace considerably in the second half and it showed. South Tahoe was 6 of 14 from the field in the fourth quarter.

Karli Vath scored 11 points in the game and her basket with 3:43 remaining gave the Vikings a 42-24 lead, which matched their largest of the game. Even though South Tahoe’s press wasn’t as effective after the first quarter, the Vikings caused a combined 19 turnovers over the final three quarters.

“I was impressed with how they did,” Holmes said. “It was something we’d been working on at practice but hadn’t used in a game yet. We’re very athletic and that’s something that works for us.”

The Vikings don’t play again until Dec. 16, when they travel to the Placerville Tournament.


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