Lady Lakers go undefeated in league play, set for playoff run

Junior forward Alana Hendricks brings the ball up for North Tahoe. Hendricks and the Lakers went undefeated in league play this season.
Courtesy of Tim Myers

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — After an undefeated run through the Class 2A Northern League, the North Tahoe girls’ basketball team has earned the top seed going into the postseason and a first round bye.

The Lakers closed out the regular season last weekend, taking a pair of dominant wins at home.

North Tahoe hosted Silver Stage on Friday and cruised to a 43-7 victory. The Lakers then took on Battle Mountain the following day and rolled to a 51-11 win.

“We have been building our program for several years for a season like this,” said Head Coach Jason Flesock. “Things really have come together. We have a special group here with strong leadership that has great chemistry together, on and off the court.”

North Tahoe has now won 16 straight games and hasn’t suffered a loss since early December. The team also went 14-0 in league games.

“We have played some tough games throughout the season, but I think our success with our record has really come from our tenacity on defense, which really then fuels us on offense,” added Flesock.

The Lady Lakers will now face the winners of No. 4 seed Yerington and No. 5 seed Battle Mountain. North Tahoe will play in the regional semifinals on Friday at 6:20 p.m. at Incline High School. The winner of the game earns a berth into the state tournament and a chance to play for the Northern League championship on Saturday.

Boys’ team earns No. 3 seed

The North Tahoe boys’ team closed the regular season on a high note, claiming three straight wins, including two last weekend.

The Lakers stormed past Silver Stage on Friday night for a 56-18 win. North Tahoe then topped Battle Mountain 59-42 the following day to finish with a 10-4 record in the Class 2A Northern League.

“Our group has been improving greatly throughout the season, despite battling through some adversity with guys being sick at times and missing some games,” said Head Coach Omar Vargas Reyes.

The Lakers will face No. 6 seed Yerington to open the tournament. North Tahoe defeated Yerington in both league matchups. The game is slated for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (results not available at time of print). The winner of the contest plays No. 2 seed Incline on Friday at 8 p.m.

“I think our team has really found its identity this season, building chemistry together, and leaning into that experience from the guys returning from last year,” said Vargas Reyes. “We are excited about returning to regionals again this season.”

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