Tahoe teams look for wins in four home games
Four prep basketball teams visit the South Shore tonight for division games, and South Tahoe and Whittell hope to send them home empty-handed.
South Tahoe’s girls kick off the schedule with a 5:15 p.m. game against Wooster at South Tahoe High School, and the boys game follows. Across the border in Zephyr Cove, Dayton’s girls visit Whittell for a 6 p.m. game, and the Warriors boys will try to complete the sweep afterwards:
Wooster girls at South Tahoe
After going winless in Northern Nevada 4A Division II play for three seasons, South Tahoe’s girls put a sweep on the board with two wins over Hug.
Wooster could be next.
The Vikings (3-5 Northern Nevada 4A Division II, 6-15 overall) are in position for their second sweep of the season if they can beat the visiting Colts (3-4 Division II, 7-14 overall) in tonight’s game. South Tahoe beat Wooster 45-38 on Jan. 14, with sophomore guard Lindsey Hitt providing the offense. Hitt hit five 3-pointers, and finished with 24 points to lead the Vikings.
The game is important for both teams. Both are battling for position in the division behind Douglas, and South Tahoe is coming off a tough home loss Saturday to Carson. The Vikings and Colts kick off the night’s action at 5:15 p.m. in the STHS gym.
Dayton girls at Whittell
On Friday, Ashley Berns and Whittell’s girls proved they could rebound the ball – now they’ll see if they can rebound from another tough loss.
Berns dominated the glass in Friday’s 50-24 loss to Incline, collecting 22 rebounds, and finishing with seven points for the Warriors (0-6 Northern Nevada 3A Division II, 0-14 overall). Berns’ rebounding helped make the job for Warriors guards Caitlin Fagan, Alisha Roth and Nichole Wasson easier, but Whittell draws a Dust Devils team that beat the Warriors 54-11 Jan. 8
Fagan – a junior who led Whittell with eight points against Incline – and senior Courtney Benvenuto led Whittell with four each against Dayton last time.
The Warriors and Dust Devils tip at 6 p.m. in Zephyr Cove.
Wooster boys at South Tahoe
In Reno on Jan. 14, Wooster’s Colts bucked expectations, taking South Tahoe’s boys to overtime before the Vikings won by a field goal.
But Tom Orlich’s Vikings team now knows what a stumbling block Wooster can be after escaping for a 70-68 win. After having to make up six points in less than three minutes to force overtime at Wooster, the Vikings don’t want to have to battle for another win.
“We certainly respect them for what they did to us, and we’re going to try to play better, but we know they have the capability to beat us,” said Orlich, whose team improved to 19-4 overall, 7-1 in Northern Nevada 4A Division II play with Saturday’s 65-56 comeback home win over Carson.
Two players did most of the damage for Wooster (0-7 in Division II, 6-15 overall) in the last meeting, as sophomore guard Chris Toto and forward Justin Lehman scored 38 – the majority – of the points for the Colts.
South Tahoe and Wooster tip off at 7 p.m. at South Tahoe High.
Dayton boys at Whittell
Whittell’s boys also had to work overtime for their first win over today’s opponent, winning 48-45 a thriller at Dayton on Jan. 8.
Senior swingman Trent Gordon came up huge on defense for the Warriors (8-9 overall, 4-1 in Northern Nevada 3A Division II) in the first meeting, taking a charge with seven seconds left in regulation, foiling the Dust Devils’ slowdown game. The Warriors then slowed things down after a Todd Echan three-point play and held on for the win. Matt Wiggins boosted Whittell off the bench that day, scoring a team-high 13.
Whittell solidified its position in the league with a 53-41 win over rival Incline on Friday. The Warriors and Dust Devils tip at 7:30 p.m. at WHS in Zephyr Cove.
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