Laker girls outshoot Virginia City; boys go down
The North Tahoe girls basketball team defeated Virginia City 38-28 in a nonleague home game Tuesday.
“It was a really good contest, a very defensive contest,” said Scott Conn, head coach of the Lakers. “Both teams played good defense.”
The Lakers led throughout, going up 10-8 by the end of the first quarter and 19-18 at the half.
North Tahoe then shut down Virginia City in the second half, holding the Muckers to just six points in the third quarter and four points in the fourth. And the Muckers are no slouches, Conn said.
“Virginia City is a very good team, extremely well coached,” he said. “But our girls were determined to come away with a win.”
Junior Brit Johnson led the Lakers in scoring with 14, followed by Kelly Hester with 12 and Shelby Adams with seven in just eight minutes of play.
“It was a defensive game, but we played good offense, too, working the ball around and taking good shots,” Conn said. “Unfortunately, they just didn’t fall.”
The coach said junior Sydney Courcier played “an outstanding defensive game,” holding Virginia City’s leading scorer in check.
Monday’s home game against Silver Stage was postponed when the visiting team could not get past a vehicle accident on Spooner Summit, Conn said. The game will be made up.
The North Tahoe boys basketball team dropped a nonleague home game 56-37 to Virginia City on Tuesday.
Laker head coach Mike Williams said his team came out flat to start the game, digging themselves a 33-10 hole by the end of the first half.
“We didn’t hit many of our shots and we didn’t rebound very well,” Williams said. “They packed it in on defense, forcing us to settle for jumpers, and we didn’t hit many of them.”
North Tahoe would not have scored in double digits in the first half had it not been for Tyler Phillips’ off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer. Williams said the shot, which came on Phillips’ birthday, was “as good a highlight as any” in the game, as the senior sunk it from the corner with two defenders in his face.
The second half was a different story.
“We stepped up our intensity and started hitting shots,” Williams said. “That allowed us to press and force turnovers, and that led to points.”
Carlos Lara led the Lakers in scoring with 13 points, followed by Eric Holman with eight.
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