The Northern Division III, like every year, boasts a number of talented girls basketball teams. Chalk up North Tahoe as one of them, said first-year coach Shaun Chilkotowsky.
“We’re a dynamic team,” Chilkotowsky said. “I think we can attack in different ways and mix it up on defense quite a bit, because we have a team full of athletes. We definitely have some size and speed.”
Chilkotowsky, who took over for coach Rick Buhler, inherits a team with plenty of quality returning players. While the Lakers have only two seniors, captains Angela Wood and Taylor Briggs, they bring back their starting five minus one from a year ago.
Junior Sara Trimm, who was voted to the All-League first team last season, replaces fellow All-League first-team selection Liz Buhler at starting point guard. Buhler was the only Laker to graduate.
Trimm is quick, aggressive and competitive, making her a natural to run the show from the point. Trimm also can score, evidenced by her 16 points in the Lakers’ season-opening loss at Quincy last week.
Wood, an athletic slasher with a soft outside touch and keen defensive prowess, returns as the Lakers’ starting shooting guard after earning All-League second team honors last season.
Sophomore Jordan Briggs starts at small forward, while her senior sister, Taylor Briggs, and junior Sage Chador are both forces in the post at 6 foot and 6-1, respectively.
Chador, who received All-League honorable mention recognition last year, is out with a sprained ankle, but Chilkotowsky said she’s expected to return in two to four weeks.
“We’re not looking too bad,” Chilkotowsky said “We definitely have some talent this year.”
Aside from the Lakers’ well-balanced starting lineup, junior forward Savannah App provides a boost off the bench, as does speedy sophomore guard Mallory Tyler.
Also on the 12-player roster — which breaks down to two seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen — are junior Bridget Schroepfer and freshmen Jillian Argiris, Camryn Turner, Elise Avery and Xochitl Perez.
Chilkotowsky said he’s been impressed in the early going with all his players’ hustle and desire to mix things up on the court.
“We have some aggressive soccer players out there,” the coach said. “They’re not afraid to go out there and play hard.”
North Tahoe will compete in the Whittell Tournament this weekend. The Lakers will host Battle Mountain on Dec. 20 and then have a break over the holidays before returning to action Jan 4 at West Wendover.