Warriors split against 3A Lakers
The North Tahoe Lakers outscored the Warriors 24-10 in the second half with some of their varsity players in the lineup. But the Warriors outscored the Lakers 22-6 in the first half against the Lakers’ JV team.
So was most of the audience when the Warriors took the upper hand against a 3A Laker team composed mainly of freshmen and sophomores.
The Lakers’ head coach David Hibbett explained that the Lakers didn’t know they had a game against the Warriors this week until Monday. Many of the players had exams and presentations this week and decided to put academics ahead of athletics, a protest — you could say — for the schedule mixup. So, the junior varsity played the first half.
Then, three varsity players changed their mind and decided to show up. Coach Hibbett explained that he promised the junior varsity team playing time in their absence, so he didn’t allow them to play the first half.
That’s the story the Lakers are sticking to anyway, as the Warriors outperformed the larger 3A school to win 32-28.
Sophomore Katie Green led the Warriors with 11 points, going 3 of 6 from the line. Fellow sophomore Whitney Gielow racked up six points and senior Ashley Wines and junior Jenna Hayes both had five.
The Warriors surrendered eight turnovers in the first half, but that was before the Lakers three varsity player were allowed in the game.
In the second half, the Lakers turned on the juice with junior Coty Feest scoring 11 points and fellow varsity teammate Megan Whaley racking up four.
After holding North Tahoe to only one point in the second period, the Lakers held the Warriors to one point in the final period and forced 23 turnovers.
Green fouled out with 4:36 to play as the Lakers accumulated 14 points in the fourth quarter, the most for either team for the night.
In the nightcap, the Lakers hit two 3-pointers in first minute of play and took an 8-0 lead before the Whittell boys had much of a chance to warm up. But Whittell fought back to tie the game at 29 before falling back to the 62-54 final.
“I was impressed once again. Every time we stop on the floor we’re learning a little more and executing a little better,” said WHS head coach Brian Mehrer.
Brian Jones led the Warriors with 12 points, and a nearly flawless performance from the line. Alex Swearingen was right behind him with 11.
Through three quarters, though, North Tahoe outperformed the Warriors in steals 8 to 3 and with approximately half as many turnovers at 11.
But where they’re really excelled was beyond the 3-point line, where they hit 11 as a team for 33 points.
The Lakers hit four 3s in the first to take a 16-10 lead.
But the Warriors were just as strong from the line. Jones hit 7 of 8 in the first half. Jake Summers and Kyle Olsen were both 2 of 2 in the first half and Ilk was 1 of 2.
B.C. Lampman led North Tahoe with 12 points, followed by Manuel Soto with 11.
The Warriors outperformed the Lakers on the boards with 24 total rebounds through three quarters to the Lakers’ 19.
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