Laker girls eke out win in OT
The North Tahoe girls basketball team pulled off an action-packed, 62-60 comeback win in overtime at Pyramid Lake on Saturday.
The Lakers, who have faced stiff competition in their nonleague schedule, improved to 2-5 with the win.
Pyramid Lake “came out firing,” and hitting, said Scott Conn said, North Tahoe’s head coach. At the end of one quarter, Pyramid Lake led 18-11.
North Tahoe picked up its pace and began playing its opponent evenly for the next two quarters, trailing 27-21 at the end of the half and 38-30 after three quarters.
Entering the final period, Conn said he tried to light a spark under his team by reminding the players about the number of close losses as a result of poor fourth-quarter play.
The speech worked, as the Lakers stormed out and outscored Pyramid Lake 21-13 to force overtime.
Had it not been for clutch play from Lakers junior Kelly Hester, who scored a team-high 19 points, the game would have been decided in regulation. With 10 seconds showing on the clock, Hester went to the line and sunk both free throws to put her team up by a bucket, 51-49.
Despite a smothering full-court press, Pyramid Lake got off a final shot with less than one second remaining. The shot, an off-balance toss from just inside the 3-point line, found the bottom of the net to tie the score at 51 and send the contest into OT.
The rest is history.
In addition to Hester, Brit Johnson played a huge role down the stretch, scoring all 11 of her points in the fourth quarter and overtime. She drained three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and a 2-point basket in OT.
Also contributing significantly for the Lakers were Elly Roemer, Sidney Courcier and Hillary Stoner, Conn said. Stoner hit three of four free throws in overtime to seal the victory, and Courcier finished with nine points.
The Lakers host Incline on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.