Laker basketball shoots past Whittell |

Laker basketball shoots past Whittell

Jeremy Evans and Sylas WrightSun News Service

The North Tahoe girls basketball team caught fire more than a week ago and never cooled off. Whittell became the latest victim Tuesday night, as the visiting Lakers held the Warriors to a single point in the final quarter en route to a 44-25 Northern 2A win.The Lakers, who have won five straight games and six of their past seven, led 29-24 at the end of the third quarter before outscoring the Warriors 15-1 in the fourth to improve to 9-9 overall and 4-2 in league play.The first half was a chess match between us, said North Tahoe coach Scott Conn. When you have two great forwards like they do, you expect them to establish an inside game. They did that in the first quarter, but we made some adjustments and thankfully those adjustments worked.Whittell (9-11 overall, 3-4 league) was led by 5-foot-11 sophomore Isabel Concha-Foley, who scored two of her team-high eight points in the opening quarter and also pulled down 13 rebounds. But the Lakers began denying Concha-Foley the ball down low, allowing them to take the lead for good in the second quarter and take an 18-11 lead into halftime.North Tahoe extended its lead to 27-12 with 4:37 left in the third quarter after a free throw by Shelby Adams, who finished with 10 points. The Lakers Brit Johnson led all scorers with 14 points.But Whittell countered with a 12-2 run to end the quarter, aided by three baskets by Concha-Foley and another by 5-foot-10 senior forward Kendra Koskin.

North Tahoes boys used a 35-point second quarter to post a 79-72 win over host Whittell on Tuesday.The Lakers are now 1-8 in the Northern 2A.We outscored them in every quarter except that second quarter, said Whittell coach Brian Mehrer. We came back in the second half after being down by 18 at halftime, but that second quarter just killed us.Whittell freshmen Adam Laub and Blake Werle each knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the final quarter to cut North Tahoes lead to six. But the Lakers made their foul shots down the stretch to seal the victory.

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