Vikings back in playoff hunt |

Vikings back in playoff hunt

The South Tahoe High boys basketball team is right back in the regional playoff hunt. At 2-4 in the Sierra Division, the Vikings sit in a three-way tie with Wooster and Douglas.

“It’s all a big mess between us, Douglas and Wooster,” Viking coach Derek Allister said.

South Tahoe remained in the hunt for the final playoff spot by beating Wooster 66-58 Friday night. The Vikings shot their way to the win on the strength of a high-scoring second half. The two teams took a one-point game into the break, but it was the third and fourth quarters that really allowed the Vikings to open up their lead.

“We hung in there for the first half,” Allister said. “Then we had a good third quarter and a great fourth.”

Led by the strong shooting of seniors Matt Connelly and Chris Ortiz, South Tahoe scored 14 points in the third quarter and 31 in the fourth. Connelly tossed in 19 and Ortiz added 18.

The win by the Vikings evened their season series with the Colts at one win apiece. South Tahoe dropped the league opener to Wooster back on Jan. 5.

Next up for the Vikings is the league-leading Reno Huskies on Tuesday when the two team tip off at 7 p.m. at South Tahoe High.

Great first half not enough for Viking girls

Despite having one of the best opening halves of their season, the South Tahoe Vikings still fell to the Wooster Colts 62-53 in a girls basketball game Friday in Reno.

The Vikings went into the half with a 30-27 lead, mainly on the strength of a monster second quarter that saw them outscore the host Colts 18-14.

“The girls were really loose and were shooting and passing the ball well,” Viking coach Tim Jaureguito said.

The Vikings came out of the break playing as they did in the first half, but it was the fourth quarter that got South Tahoe in trouble.

With about 5 minutes left, the Colts were ahead by about five points, when Jaureguito switched from a zone to a man-to-man defense.

The Vikings fouled and Wooster began to pull away.

South Tahoe was led by the strong shooting of Lindsey Hitt, who had 25 on the night and the strong performance from the line, going 21 of 32 as a team.

“In terms of effort, this was one of the best games they’ve played,” Jaureguito said. “We are so close to getting over the hump, that’ll all come together soon.”

The next test for the Vikings is Tuesday when South Tahoe hosts Reno in the first of three home games.

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