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Vikings see positives in lopsided loss to four-time defending state champs

When you lose by 41 points, it’s tough to gage improvement. But when you open the season opener against four-time defending Nevada 4A state champion McQueen, progress can be measured even in a rout.

“We made some mistakes and McQueen is in midseason form, but we’re a better team athletically than we’ve been the last couple of years and this team really plays smart,” said coach Tim Jaureguito, whose Vikings lost to McQueen 69-28 in their season opener Tuesday night in Reno.

Support of Jaureguito’s claim to his team’s improvement came in the second quarter. The Lancers switched to a zone defense after South Tahoe beat their man defense with repeated some close-range shots.

“I’ve never seen McQueen run a zone defense before,” Jaureguito said. “It’s the first time I actually saw them change their game plan, so I thought it was a step in the right direction.”

Sophomore Beth Hickman led the Vikings with six points, and Jaureguito was pleased with the overall hustle of senior forward Tirah Samura.

South Tahoe opens play in the Lowry Tournament against perennial zone powerhouse Elko at 3:30 p.m. today.

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