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Vikings go 1-2 in Folsom tourney

Jeremy Evans

South Tahoe High boys’ basketball coach Derek Allister feels all the pieces are there for the Vikings to be a successful team. Those pieces were on display this past weekend at the Folsom Tournament, even though South Tahoe went 1-2 and finished seventh in the eight-team tournament.

The Vikings lost their opener 51-28 to Folsom on Thursday, lost a heartbreaker to Highland 66-62 on Friday, then beat Grant 54-47 on Saturday in the seventh-eighth place game.

“We just played horribly against Folsom,” Allister said. “They were very beatable. We just didn’t shoot it well. Although we didn’t play well against Folsom, I thought we bounced back nicely and played pretty well in the other games.”

After shooting 28 percent from the field against Folsom, the Vikings (7-5) led an athletic Highland squad for the first 31 minutes of the game behind the presence of 6-foot-7 Joel Keegan, who scored a team-high 22 points.

However, several costly turnovers and an inability to convert free throws resulted in the Vikings watching Highland post a comeback victory in the game’s final minute. Jeff Cabristante made his first start of the season and scored 12 points.

On Saturday against Grant, South Tahoe didn’t let its lead slip away. The Vikings led comfortably throughout and were paced by Keegan and Conor Freeman, who combined for 40 points. Keegan again scored 22 points, while Freeman added 18 points.

“Those three teams were three of the best teams we’ve played all season,” Allister said. “It made us play to a whole new level.”

South Tahoe begins Sierra Division play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Damonte Ranch in Reno. On Thursday, the Vikings host preseason favorite Reno at 7 p.m. at STHS.

“I think we’re in pretty good shape going into the Damonte game,” Allister said. “I think as Conor becomes more and more comfortable at the point, we’re going to become a better team.”

WHS downs Wooster

Katrina Kacirek had another double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Jessica Woods had 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for Whittell in a 55-48 nonleague win over Wooster in a girls’ basketball game Friday in Reno.

It was the Warriors’ third win over a 4A school this season and sends them into the Christmas break with a 10-1 record.

“This was a good way to go into the break,” said coach Nathan Tolbert. “Our turnovers were way down, which is a good thing for us. We’re playing pretty well right now.”

Tara Scaduto added nine points, six steals, four rebounds and several assists for Whittell, which doesn’t play again until Jan. 4, when they host Quincy at 6:30 p.m. Joan Browne and Megan Esquivel scored six points apiece in the win.

The Whittell JV team improved to 6-4 on the season following its 33-22 win over Wooster on Friday in Reno. Krista Castro led the Warriors with 13 points.

STHS girls drop 2 in Placerville

Slow starts did in the South Tahoe girls’ basketball team as it lost a pair of five-point games on Friday and Saturday at the Placerville Tournament. On Friday, the Vikings lost to El Dorado 39-34, then dropped a 41-36 decision to Golden Sierra on Saturday.

Katelyn Pakes led South Tahoe in scoring in both games, scoring 19 against El Dorado and 12 against Golden Sierra. Sophomores Karli Vath and Tess Braun chipped in with eight points apiece against Golden Sierra.

“I think we’re going in the right direction,” said first-year coach Chris Holmes. “We’re doing some good things and our press did really well. We just got off to slow starts.”

South Tahoe (1-3) plays its final game of the tournament today at 3 p.m. against Bella Vista.


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