The North Tahoe and Pershing County boys basketball teams are about as evenly matched as they come.
Less than a month after North Tahoe earned a hard-fought, 43-40 win at home against Pershing County, the Mustangs paid back the visiting Lakers with a win by the same score, 43-40, Tuesday night.
North Tahoe coach Frank Wright said the game went back and forth throughout, with the Lakers leading for the last time with about five minutes left in regulation. The Mustangs took advantage of Laker fouls late in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
Junior forward Mitchell Myers led North Tahoe with 12 points, while senior guard Noah McDermott scored nine points, Nick Joslin had six points and Alex Tyler, who was keyed on by the Mustangs’ defense, scored five.
The Lakers fell to 6-9 in the Northern Division III standings and the Mustangs improved to 7-8.
In the girls game, second-place Pershing County rolled to a 54-18 win over the Lakers.
Senior forward Melissa Gonzalez scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field. Maria Montes added 11 points and Gurpreet Kaur seven.
The Lakers ended their season with home games against rival Incline on Thursday night (the games ended too late for publication).