Tough night for Vikes at North Valleys
South Tahoe High’s tight Sierra Division wins last weekend are becoming bigger and bigger.
The Vikings were unable to react to a third-quarter burst by North Valleys on Tuesday night and were soundly beaten 92-65 in Sparks.
North Valleys (7-6) crept within a game of the third-place Vikings (8-6) with one to play.
“I wasn’t sure how’d we’d react. We went through such an emotional roller coaster last weekend, but I thought we’d maybe come out and play well because we seemed pretty loose,” said STHS coach Derek Allister. “We didn’t have the resolve we normally have and we caved in.”
South Tahoe led 34-33 at the break, but the Panthers on their senior night drained six three-point shots in a 34-point third quarter that ended with North Valleys ahead 67-45.
Archie Kovich was particularly offensive as far as the Vikings were concerned. Kovich made four of his five trifectas during the 34-11 third-quarter run. He finished with 25 points.
“He’s a tremendous scorer and one of the premier scorers in this league,” Allister said. “He had 51 in one game this year.”
Jared Wood led the Vikings with 19 points, followed by 12 points apiece from K.J. Allister and Joel Keegan.
North Valleys representatives told Allister afterward that the Vikings hold the tie-breaker edge on the Panthers. North Valleys winds up division play at Damonte Ranch on Friday, while the Vikings entertain unbeaten division champion Hug (12-0 entering Tuesday’s game at Damonte Ranch).
South Tahoe can avoid any tiebreaker possibilities by upsetting the Hawks.
“I expect us to play very well in that game. We’ve played very well at home all year. I don’t know why that would change now,” he said.
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