Vikings make Orlich’s night extra special
South Tahoe boys 70, Douglas 42
South Tahoe’s boys hoops squad made sure coach Tom Orlich’s primary concern on Tom Orlich Night was an afterthought.
The first matter of business for Orlich on the night the school honored him for reaching the 500-win milestone was to nail down No. 507 against Douglas. South Tahoe did just that, doubling Douglas’s score in the second quarter and cruising to a 70-42 win.
“They wanted a slow game, and our pressure forced them into a quick game,” said Orlich, whose Vikings improved to 13-3 (2-0 in Northern Nevada 4A Division II) with the win. “Douglas had to play a really good game in order to win because of their offensive firepower. Right now, we’re playing pretty good basketball, and we’re trying to improve in all phases of the game.”
Defense, again, did the job on Friday night. After leading 18-13 at the end of the first quarter, South Tahoe started to break Douglas down in the second. While the the defense created turnovers that led to easy layups, the offense spread the ball around, allowing seven Vikings to score in the quarter. South Tahoe allowed Douglas just three field goals – and no free throws – in the second half, and led 43-21 at the break.
“We’ve been working on the zone offense all week,” said South Tahoe forward Andy Butcher, who scored eight points, all in the second quarter. “I’m just getting to the corner and hitting my shot.”
Senior guard Matt Williams had a team-high 11 points, leading three starters in double figures. Travis McCollum added 10 points and eight rebounds in three quarters of play, and Bob Larmore 10 and four boards in three quarters.
South Tahoe managed to hold Douglas’s best player, Seth Lee, to 17 points – three below his average. Lee scored 12 of those before halftime, and finished with four boards in limited action. Douglas fell to 7-7 overall, 1-1 in division play with the loss.
The Vikings took a 25-13 lead with 6:54 left to go in the second quarter on Williams’ 3-pointer, and made it 30 with 1:58 to go in the third. Douglas, though, couldn’t chisel the lead below 25 points, and never challenged in the second half.
“I think they got tired, and we played a lot better than we did in practice,” Butcher said. “Defense is what we work the hardest on, and with our defense, we create a lot of turnovers. We want to execute the offense well, but if we can’t, defense helps a lot.”
Reserve junior guard Andy Mora, a crowd favorite on the South Tahoe bench, provided the final margin of victory. With the clock running down, Mora banked in a 3-pointer for South Tahoe’s final bucket.
“I just got in and everybody was just kind of throwing up shots, and time was running down at the end, so I just shot it,” Mora said.
Douglas girls 47, South Tahoe 29
The visiting Douglas girls broke South Tahoe on the glass, earning a 47-29 road hoops win over the cold-shooting Vikings on Friday.
Douglas (13-3 overall, 2-0 in Northern Nevada 4A Division II) destroyed South Tahoe on the glass to compensate for a harrying Vikings defense that forced 23 Tigers turnovers. In beating South Tahoe, the Tigers managed to execute just a little bit better each quarter than the Vikings, who fell to 4-10 overall, 1-1 in division play.
“We just weren’t doing the fundamental things,” said South Tahoe head coach Tim Jaureguito. “We didn’t screen out and our shooting percentage was horrible.”
South Tahoe hit just 9-of-44 shots on the evening. Senior center Chantelle Young and sophomore guard Lindsay Hitt each had nine for South Tahoe, but couldn’t keep up with a varied Douglas offense that banged the ball inside and created fast-break opportunities at will. Andrea Honer led Douglas with 20, and forwards Lauren Myers and Jessica Granat each had 10.
“We like to run at the opportunity, but not all the time,” said Douglas head coach Werner Christen, a Whittell alumnus.
While South Tahoe’s offense struggled, the defense had a solid outing, forcing Douglas to play at an uncomfortable tempo. While that was a good sign, it also was a frustrating situation, to play good defense and force a turnover, then lose the ball on a rebound or turnover the other way.
“I was pretty happy with the way the defense played, with one exception: transition,” Jaureguito said.
Douglas routinely beat South Tahoe to the basket on baseball passes from stopped plays, and transition offense off turnovers and rebounds. But the the Tigers couldn’t hold onto the ball, either, turning it over three more times than South Tahoe.
“It was a sloppy game,” Christen said. “It was just one of those games where you get lured into playing too fast of a tempo.”
Nordic boys, girls both third at Boreal Ridge
Three was the magic number for the boys and girls on South Tahoe’s Nordic ski team, as both finished third Friday in the season’s second race.
“I think that’s pretty solid,” said Vikings Nordic coach Lynn Harriman. “That’s pretty good, and that’s right along with the goals set for the season.”
The event, which moved to Boreal Ridge on Donner Pass for weather conditions, was a freestyle 5K. Vikings racer Cory Martin was the school’s top finisher, crossing the line in 12 minutes, 30.7 seconds, just a minute and a half off the winning pace Louis Van Blarigan set for Truckee. Jeff Koeck was 15th for South Tahoe, finishing in 13:08.6; Ryan Nibouar 21st in 13:49.9; and Adam Matzinger 27th in 16:33.8.
In the girls race, Denise Bogard was the fastest Viking with a 16:21.3 finish, 12th behind a North Tahoe duel for first: Laura Spohr edged Lakers teammate Emily Robins by five seconds for the win, finishing in 13:01.8. STHS’s Lisa Orr was 13th in 16:21.6, Mindy Manglinong 16th in 18:52.2 and Marin St. Michel 18th in 20:12.8 for the tightly packed Vikings varsity.
“We had nice groups of kids up near the top,” said Harriman, whose team had skated only twice before the race. “That helped us out a lot.”
Samantha Urch had South Tahoe’s best junior varsity finish, coming in fourth at 25:54.7 – just ahead of teammate Dena Tam, who was fifth in 26:50.2. Steven Moore was 22nd in the boys race, in 19:36, while Graham St. Michel followed in 33rd, Jonathan Goldman in 26th and Ryan McLeod in 29th.
The Vikings will spend the week in high-elevation training for their next race, above 9,000 feet at Red Lake near Mammoth, Calif., for the home meet for Mammoth and Lee Vining. The race is a classic-technique race, and begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
“I think we’re going to have two days of doing speed work, just some short interval training to get us ready, and then we’ll have two really easy days,” Harriman said.
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