Vikings give Colts a run
We will – not we can. That hardwood mantra led the South Tahoe High girls basketball team to its best outing of the season, as the Vikings fell to Wooster, 56-43, on Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.
“We played a lot better. We went out there with everything we had. We weren’t going to let them beat us like last time,” said sophomore Courtney Wilson, whose Vikes lost to the Colts by 40 points earlier in the season. “They were way cocky. They thought they’d sweep Tahoe off the court. We used that to our advantage.”
The Vikings (1-17, 0-9 league) took a 13-7 first-quarter lead, as their intensity translated into effective full- and half-court pressure. The Colts (14-8, 4-4 league) committed eight turnovers in the first eight minutes. The Vikes biggest lead of the game, 11-5, came on a Chantelle Young offensive rebound and layup.
“They were definitely much improved over the last time we played them. We came out and took them too much for granted. They came out fired up and ready to play. It showed,” said Wooster coach Mark Harbrecht.
Added Tahoe coach Tim Jaureguito, “We came out in the first quarter with the intensity level we haven’t seen all year. I was proud of them.”
The Vikes held the lead until midway through the second quarter. A 16-4 Colts’ run, keyed by some open-court breaks and timely foul shooting, put them on top at the half, 30-21. Tahoe committed 13 turnovers to Wooster’s five in the period.
“They started pressing us and we made some mental mistakes,” Jaureguito said. “We came back and played hard the second half. But sometimes you dig a hole you just can’t climb out of.”
Wooster outscored the Vikes by just one, 14-13, in the third period. Tahoe cut the lead to eight with 2:25 left in the final frame on layups by Wilson and Aly David. But the Colts employed a weave offense to slow the Vikes. A Wilson foul shot and another David layup was all Tahoe could manage over the final two minutes.
Still, the Vikings left the floor knowing they were an improved ball club.
“We talked extensively before the game that you can’t walk into a game and say, ‘We can win this game.’ It’s got to be, ‘We will win this game,'” Jaureguito said. “It was definitely a stepping-stone for the program. We’ve worked all year to get to a certain point at the end of the season. Wins and losses have never been a consideration.”
That feeling was also conveyed by South Tahoe senior guard Jenny Olson.
“It’s the closest game we’ve had all year. We came out with confidence. All I have to say is that we earned their respect,” she said.
Wilson finished with a team-high 16 points. Melissa Maxwell added a well-earned 11. The Vikes outrebounded Wooster, 32-28, but made more turnovers, 27-19.
Tahoe travels to Carson on Friday. Game time is 5:15 p.m.
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