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Vikes pounce on Tigers

Michael Traum

South Tahoe High’s boys basketball team was downright defensive in its Northern Nevada divisional home opener on Friday.

The Vikings’ (13-4, 2-0 league) full-court pressure left Douglas High (6-6, 1-1 league) defenseless and frustrated, as Tahoe opened with a 19-4 run to down the Tigers, 75-32, in South Lake Tahoe.

“When you play a team that’s coached as well as South Tahoe is and has such a great tradition, if you’re kids don’t come out and compete, then you’re going to get beat like we got beat,” said Douglas coach Aubrey McCreary. “I didn’t like our effort mentally – it was very, very poor. Our kids were a little intimidated and it was probably a poor effort on my part because they looked like they’ve never been coached.”

Tahoe got contributions from nearly everybody. Casey Dowling collected a game-high 22 points, 12 coming in the first half as the Vikings raced to an insurmountable 43-12 advantage.

Alan Case added 11 while Emelio Beaver came off the bench to log 11, as Tahoe led by 30 after three quarters and for most of the second half. No Douglas player scored in double figures.

A Vikes’ lead of 40 came on an Alex Romagnolo steal with 3:45 to play. Beau Barkely’s offensive board and layup pushed it to 41 with 30 seconds left. A Travis Moore board and putback finished the scoring as time expired.

“Tahoe’s press causes problems. They’re a very good basketball team, and we know what to shoot for now. Tahoe and Galena are easily the two top teams,” McCreary added.

Tahoe travels to Wooster next Friday. Times for the Saturday, Jan. 31 showdown with Galena at South Tahoe have been changed. The varsity will tip off at 7 p.m.

South Tahoe’s girls basketball team fell behind early and couldn’t catch a streaking Douglas squad, as the Vikings fell to the Tigers, 64-29, on Friday in South Lake Tahoe.

Douglas jumped out to an 18-5 first-quarter lead and a 40-13 halftime advantage, as Tahoe fell to 1-8 and 0-2 in league.

“It wears on you from the standpoint that I don’t think we were mentally ready. The effort and the desire to win is there, but the problem is that we’re doing little things incorrectly which we shouldn’t be,” said Tahoe coach Tim Jaureguito.

Brooke Hoppe led Tahoe with 11 points. Tiffany Good netted seven while Casey Hydrick added six.

“I think in time, things are going to happen. What we have to do is look back at how we improved tremendously during the last five weeks. The ability to improve over the next five weeks is going to be the same. We’re going to get better and be very competitive towards the end of the year,” Jaureguito said.


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