Thurman, Williams lead Senators rout of STHS
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Pam Williams and Alyson Thurman have obviously been offensive forces in each of their four seasons as starters for the Carson High School girls basketball team. On Saturday afternoon, the dynamic duo was downright dominant on the defensive side while leading the Senators to a 53-23 Northern 4A Division II victory against South Tahoe.
The game was decided in the first quarter when Williams and Thurman combined to score 18 points as Carson stormed to a 20-3 lead. Many of those points were a direct result of a zone press spearheaded by the 6-foot Thurman and 5-11 Williams trapping on top.
“With their experience, they do a good job,” Carson coach Paul Croghan said. “When you have two 6-footers trapping, and they do it right, that’s a very effective defense.”
South Tahoe coach Tim Jaureguito echoed that assessment.
“When they get that trap going, they’re tough,” he said. “And they run it well.”
Williams finished the contest with 14 points, 12 of which came in the first period. Thurman scored eight of her 13 points in the first period.
Jennifer Saunders also contributed 10 points during a game in which nine players scored for the Senators.
“Everybody played well, all 12 of them,” Croghan said. “Jen had her varsity career high, Talia Joyce came in and did a good job running the offense and Terry Niederer had five or six rebounds. It was good to see that.”
Lindsay Hitt led South Tahoe with six points, all of which came in the fourth quarter. Amy Carter’s 3-pointer accounted for the Vikings’ offensive output in the first quarter.
Even though the Vikings dropped to 3-5 in Division II, they still have a mathematical shot at securing fourth place and a berth in the zone tournament next month. But the road will be a difficult one because games against Wooster, Carson, Reno and Fallon remain.
“I think we’re still there,” Jaureguito said. “We’re going to have to make some things happen in the next couple of weeks. That’s a tough schedule we have … Reno and Carson are two teams that are head and shoulders above the rest of the division.”
South Tahoe hosts Wooster at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
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