Laker girls go cold in playoff loss |

Laker girls go cold in playoff loss

Photography Michael MichaelsenNorth Tahoe junior Brit Johnson makes a move during the Lakers' 52-11 loss to Pershing County (Lovelock) on Friday. The loss eliminated the Lakers from the postseason.

Although he doesn’t fully understand why, North Tahoe girls basketball coach Scott Conn had a simple explanation for what went wrong in Friday’s 52-11 playoff loss to Lovelock.

“Our offense went wrong,” the coach said of the lopsided loss, which eliminated the third-seeded Lakers from the Northern 2A regional tournament in Winnemucca.

“It was pretty embarrassing.”

After a week of preparation for second-seeded Lovelock (Pershing County), the Lakers shot only 5-for-60 from the field (8 percent) and 1-for-20 from the free throw line (5 percent). Already trailing 22-8 at the half, North Tahoe went even colder in the second, scoring just two points in the third quarter and one point in the fourth while connecting on just 1-of-30 shots (3 percent).

“I’d love to give Lovelock’s defense credit, so I’ll give them a little bit of credit. But we had plenty of open looks at the basket and nothing would go in,” Conn said. “It was like there was a lid on the rim.”

Despite the lack of offense, Conn said the Lakers played well defensively, holding Lovelock’s leading scorer, MacKenzie Hodges, to just 12 points after she scored 34 points in the teams’ last meeting.

Junior Shelby Adams led North Tahoe with four points, while senior Kacie Conn ” who faced the task of guarding Hodges ” had 10 rebounds.

Coach Conn was puzzled as to why his team could not find a rhythm offensively.

“I’ve never seen a game in my athletic career or coaching career where all five players on the floor couldn’t do anything,” he said.

The postseason contest marked the Lakers’ first playoff appearance in six years, Conn said.

“It’s a shame to end a season like we’ve had on that note,” the coach added. “But we’ll take it as a learning experience.”

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