Viking girls lose playoff shot to Wooster
CARSON CITY– It was the same nail-biting score going into the fourth period as the previous meeting.
Tied at 47 going into the fourth quarter, the South Tahoe High varsity girls basketball team managed to pull ahead of Wooster High the time before. But the outcome was much different at Monday night’s playoff game at Carson High School. The South Tahoe Vikings fell behind this time and lost to the Colts 67-64, ending their season and a chance to join the regional tournament for the first time in five years.
It was the kind of loss that hurts, and what made the defeat harder to accept was the feeling that it could have gone the other way.
In their first possession, the Colts erred well away from the rim on a 3-point airball attempt, followed by a Viking assault that continued until the end of the first quarter.
Amy Carter hit a nice 3-pointer early in the quarter, followed a clean trey with 10 seconds left by Lindsay Hitt. Jenn Galea also made a nice drive to the hole for a left-handed layup.
However, at the beginning of the second quarter, with the Vikings ahead 24-13, the Colts found their zone. The Vikings lost their seemingly flawless shooting bonanza and, frustrated, began losing control and making fouls.
Colt center Brianne McGowan began making easy layups and, in one play, connected with Jenny Andrea in one noteworthy drive to the hoop for two.
Coach Tim Jaureguito called a time-out with 5 minutes remaining.
“There’s one place it’s going,” he shouted to a gathered Viking crew, referring to the stream of passes to the Colts power center McGowan, the league’s second-leading scorer. “Deny that pass,” he said.
But when the second-quarter damage was done, the Colts were ahead 34-29, outscoring the Vikings 21-5.
Hitt, the leading scorer for the Vikings with 27 points, was held scoreless in the second period.
“I hope that’s our one bad quarter and that’s it,” said assistant coach Jerry Carter at the half.
As it turned out, it was.
The tide turned as Jaureguito pulled his tired team back from the dregs.
The Vikings began scoring again and kept McGowan’s scoring frenzy at bay.
Hitt made 13 of the Vikings 18 points in the third period and strong defensive plays by the whole team led to a tie game going into the final 8 minutes.
The Vikings played a strong fourth quarter as well, rallying to within two points after falling back as much as five.
Danielle Kelleher made a nice steal but the Vikings were unable to convert.
And the Colts made strong plays, give-and-go’s that had their fans on their feet.
McGowan scored 37 points and managed to propel her team into the playoffs.
The Vikings finished their season at 13-13.