Laker girls break even on weekend
The North Tahoe girls basketball team played a couple close games this past weekend, losing a tightly contested league contest 47-44 at Mineral County (Hawthorne) on Friday and pulling out an exciting 43-39 win over visiting Greenville (Calif.) in a nonleague contest Saturday.
Facing off against the Serpents of Mineral County, North Tahoe came out strong and dominated early play with tough defense and solid shooting, taking a 21-15 lead into the half.
The second half started more evenly matched, as the Lakers narrowly outscored the Serpents by a point to lead by seven entering the final quarter.
With junior point guard Kelly Hester having fouled out at the end of the third quarter, the Lakers struggled going into the final eight minutes of play.
Poor defense cost the Lakers their lead as the Serpents tied the game at 44 apiece with one minute left to play.
The last minute belonged Mineral County as it nailed an outside shot and hit one of two free throws to go up by three with 15 seconds left. The Lakers made a valiant attempt to tie with a nice inbound three-point play, but junior Sydney Courcier’s final shot attempt rattled out of the basket.
North Tahoe head coach Scott Conn was extremely disappointed to lose in the last minute.
Fresh off the previous night’s last-minute loss, the Laker girls hoped to even up their weekend record with a composed win over Greenville.
Though starting slow, the Lakers (0-2 league, 5-9 overall) quickly perked up with stellar shooting and a fast game pace. Up by six to start the second, the Lakers’ rally fizzled. Greenville came back and outscored North Tahoe with nice outside shots. Heading to halftime, the Lakers were ahead by three points.
Both teams came out for the third quarter playing great basketball. Offense at both ends was extremely productive, and the third quarter closed with each team doubling its score in one quarter, with the Lakers hanging onto a 33-30 lead.
Laker guard Brit Johnson hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth. Her shot was a rally call for the Lakers, as they continued to run the floor with help from the speedy Hester.
Greenville couldn’t mount a similar offensive attack despite several points late in the game.
Conn praised his team’s late-game stamina.
“The goal was ultimate focus, don’t ever stop hustling,” he said. “The girls played superb defense right down to the final minutes.”
North Tahoe hosts Silver Stage on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
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