Viking girls no longer running on empty
Opposing coaches will know how fit their teams are when they play the South Tahoe High girls basketball team this season.
Starting a center that only stands 5-foot-8 in high-tops, the Vikings will try to run foes off the court in 2000-2001. With a coach, Tim Jaureguito, who has built one of the most successful football programs in Northern Nevada, in part, through vigorous conditioning, the Viking girls know they’ll leave the gasping of air to the other team.
“Last year we didn’t do as much conditioning as this year, but I think it’s because of the confidence level he has in us. He wants us to be good and knows we can be good,” said junior Lindsey Hitt, who blistered Truckee for 20 points in a 62-40 victory Tuesday night. “He is more of an intense coach. That makes me play better when he wants it as much as I do and shows it as much as I do.”
Quick to pinpoint edges and weaknesses, Jaureguito won’t hesitate to go to a deeper bench to establish his style of play.
“I want to keep people as fresh all the time and run, run, run,” Jaureguito said. “We don’t have height so we have outplay people by outhustling them.”
Jaureguito welcomes a core of returning gnats to execute his up-tempo style, including 5-8 senior center Ashley Larmore, 5-8 senior forward Casey Triggs and juniors Hitt, Beth Hickman, Amy Carter and Jen Galea. The juniors saw extensive floor time as sophomores, so they expect a lot out of each other.
“We are responsible for the leadership and do take it personally when we lose,” Hickman said.
“I’ve been pretty confident ever since last year that we’ve started to turn it around,” Hitt said. “We all seem to connect and talk to each other. We do things together outside the team, and you may not think that helps with the game, but it does. You not only need players but friends to help you out on the court.”
With half of the team having experienced at least a season under Jaureguito, the Vikings are looking to improve upon last season’s 6-19 record and early elimination from playoff contention.
“Our expectations have to be high when you have people coming back like we do,” Jaureguito said. “We’ve never been competitive in the 4A early in the season and have been as the season has progressed. But I think we proved (Nov. 25 at Sparks) that we’re going to be competitive from the outset.”
“This is a group that when we play together we can beat just about anybody, but we need to develop more team bonding,” Hickman said. “We need to develop more consistency and foul less, but that will come with playing.”
Hickman shouldered the team’s scoring load in a 55-43 season-opening loss to Sparks on Saturday, hitting for 16 points.
Jaureguito is counting on contributions from juniors Lindsay Rizzo and Danielle Kelleher, each of whom played on the junior varsity a year ago; 6-0 sophomore Lyndsay Salina; and 5-7 sophomore Micah Owen.
The Vikings, 1-1, continue their season against Spring Creek today in the Lowry Tournament in Winnemucca.
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