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Vikes avenge earlier loss; Warrios split in Sparks

South Tahoe didn’t have to wait long to exact revenge for a recent loss, while Whittell rode a roller-coaster of emotions as the two area girls basketball teams continued league warmups Tuesday at a holiday tournament in Sparks.

In an early game, the Vikings avenged a one-point loss last week to Sparks by dropping the host Railroaders, 51-50. Crucial late free throws from Missy Johnson (5 of 7 from the line in the final quarter) keyed the Viking win, which upped the team’s record to 4-8. Senior Brooke Hoppe led South Tahoe players with 15 points.

Johnson nailed her last two free throws with 18 seconds remaining, putting the Vikings ahead for good.

“It’s one of those situations where you just have to gain that experience,” Jaureguito said. “Being in a tight game, keeping your poise and haveing the confidence to hit that winning free throw all helps down the road.”

Whittell did double-duty Tuesday, facing Hug in the morning and Pyramid Lake in a nightcap. The Warriors fell victim to streaky second-half shooting from the Hawks in the first game, losing to the Reno-based squad 61-27.

Whittell trailed 27-18 at the half, but could not get any closer. Warrior point guard Sarah Sufka posted 13 points, while forward Aurora Terry added 12.

Whittell followed the disappointing loss to Hug with a winning effort against Pyramid Lake, topping the Lakers 63-61 in overtime. Terry’s career-high 27 points sparked the victory. Ahead 30-21 at half, Pyramid Lake slowly whittled away at the Warrior lead, tying the game at 53 at the end of regulation. Whittell fell behind early in the extra period, but kept its composure to hold out for its third win of the season. The Warriors will end their tournament with a 4 p.m. game against Sparks.

In tournament action Monday, South Tahoe went through some of the ups and downs that often accompany an inexperienced team. The Vikings lost the first game to Fernley, 55-36, falling behind 36-9 at half.

Despite the loss, South Tahoe responded a challenge by Jaureguito and put together a better effort in the second half against the Vaqueros. The Vikings carried that momentum into the second game against Pyramid Lake, trouncing the Lakers 61-35. Casey Hydrick led South Tahoe scorers with 20 points

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