Laker girls eyeing No. 3 playoff seed; Boys go 2-2 on road trip
Scott Conn and his North Tahoe High girls basketball team finally can exhale after capping a grueling four-game road trip.
The Lakers finished 2-2 on the road swing, which began last Tuesday with a 44-25 win at Whittell and ended this past Saturday with a 46-37 win at Loyalton ” the only nonleague game in the mix.
In between, North Tahoe dropped a hard-fought contest, 54-46, at Lovelock (Mineral County) on Thursday, then lost 56-35 at Battle Mountain on Friday.
Lovelock and Battle Mountain are tied for first place in the Northern 2A with 7-1 league marks.
North Tahoe (4-4 Northern 2A, 10-11 overall) already has secured a spot in the playoffs and is looking to wrap up the third seed, which they can do with a win against Whittell at home today (Tuesday), Conn said. The Lakers host Hawthorne (Mineral Country) on Friday for senior farewell.
The North Tahoe-Lovelock game was closely contested, Conn said, as junior Brit Johnson scored a team-high 20 points while Shelby Adams chipped in 10.
“It was tight all the way,” Conn said. “What made the difference was the third quarter,” when the Lakers were outscored 17-11 to fall behind 35-28. The score was tied 8-8 at the end of the first quarter and Lovelock led 18-17 entering the half.
Lovelock post player MacKenzie Hodges, who stands at least 6-foot-3, Conn said, gave the Lakers trouble all night, scoring a career-high 34 points.
“She could not miss,” Conn said, adding that Hodges was throwing up 15-foot fadeaway jumpers that continued to find nothing but net.
Against Battle Mountain, the Lakers simply did not have the spunk Conn is used to seeing.
“I don’t think we had any gas left in the tank,” the coach said. “It was Battle Mountain’s senior night, and they did a nice job on us ” outhustled us. Our heart just didn’t seem to be in the game.”
Johnson and Sydney Courcier led the Lakers with eight points apiece.
Leading the way against Loyalton was junior point guard Kelly Hester, who scored 11 points. She was followed by Courcier and Johnson, who contributed 10 and eight points.
Conn said Loyalton was much improved since the teams’ first matchup on Nov. 27.
“They showed up pretty strong and gave us a run for our money,” he said. “But it was a good game for us to get back on the winning track.”
Battle Mountain 7-1
North Tahoe 4-4
Silver Stage 0-6
The North Tahoe boys basketball team went 2-2 on a recent four-game league road trip, which began with a 79-72 win at Whittell last Tuesday and ended with a 49-31 loss at Independence on Saturday.
The Lakers (2-9 league) lost 54-46 at league-leading Lovelock (9-2) on Friday before rebounding to upset fourth-place Battle Mountain (8-4) 63-60 on Friday.
North Tahoe is in seventh place in the league standings with two home games remaining. The Lakers host Whittell on Tuesday and Hawthorne (Mineral County) on Friday. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.
Battle Mtn. 8-4
Silver Stage 5-6
North Tahoe 2-9