Vikings fall one point short of winning High Sierra Challenge |

Vikings fall one point short of winning High Sierra Challenge

The South Tahoe Vikings had their highest finish ever in the Soroptimist High Sierra Challenge club basketball tournament.

However, the Vikings fell just one point short of winning it all when they fell to Bear River 33-32 in the championship game Sunday afternoon.

“The word was going around that they were the best team in the tournament,” STHS junior Lindsey Hitt said. “It was a total team effort today. I just can’t believe that we fell one point short.”

As it was, the Vikings put on an incredible comeback against the team from Grass Valley. After falling behind 17-0, the usually staunch Viking defense lived up to its billing and held the visitors to only 16 points the rest of the contest.

“That’s the thing with these girls, they also seem to have to come from behind,” Viking assistant coach Lisa Jaureguito said. “We just started really slow. It took them about a half to get into the flow of the game.”

The loss to Bear River was the only blemish on the Vikings’ record for the three-day tournament.

Heading into the game Sunday, South Tahoe (6-1) had beaten Sonora (34-18), Mount Whitney (31-28) and Ripon (28-10) on Friday. The second day of the event saw the Vikes beat Kelseyville (43-28), St. Helena (29-10) and Douglas (32-20) to set up the showdown with Bear River.

“The difference is now these girls are coming expecting to win,” Jaureguito said. “They were in tears after the loss. It was like they had just lost the state championship.”

A trio of Vikings were named to the all-tournament squad. Hitt was joined by Beth Hickman and Amy Carter on the team.

“It’s great feeling (to be named) because I felt I played pretty well,” Hitt said.

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