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North Tahoe basketball: Slow starts doom Lakers at Silver Stage

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The North Tahoe boys dropped a league game at Silver Stage, 76-47, on Tuesday night.

Silver Stage came out hot in the first quarter to build a big early lead, which swelled to 40-15 by the half. North Tahoe played the home team evenly the final two quarters, but ultimately could not make up enough ground after falling behind early.

North Tahoe head coach Mike Williams said he was proud of his team’s effort in the second half, when the Lakers battled despite facing the big deficit. He said the Lakers looked a little flat after taking Portola to overtime the night before.

and#8220;I’m happy with their effort. Even in games like this one, they learn and improve,and#8221; Williams said. and#8220;Conner Whaley, Ashton Williams and Brett Roberts showed stretches of strong defense. Mitchell (Conn) and Brett were taking the right shots; they just weren’t falling.

and#8220;Hopefully we can learn from this game for the remaining five games.and#8221;

Conn scored a team-high 14 points, while Roberts and Matt Walther added 10 points apiece. Silver Stage guard Michael McDonald led all scorers with 17.

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The Laker girls dug a hole they couldn’t dig out of Tuesday at Silver Stage.

After failing to score their first point until 3 minutes before the half, the Lakers picked up their intensity after the break only to fall short, 41-34.

and#8220;We had trouble getting it going,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Scott Conn. and#8220;We had many, many open looks. We just couldn’t put it in. Even 2-foot shots weren’t going in.and#8221;

The Lakers trailed 20-6 at the half before outscoring the Nighthawks 15-10 in the third quarter and 13-11 in the fourth. North Tahoe pulled to within five points with 3 minutes remaining in the fourth, but could not narrow the gap from there.

and#8220;I was definitely a step back for us after making several steps forward lately,and#8221; said Conn, whose team is battling for the final Northern 2A playoff seed.

Conn said even with the loss, which adjusted the Lakers’ record to 1-6 in league, North Tahoe could still make the playoffs it wins both games against Whittell, which are scheduled for Feb. 10 and 12. If the Lakers can defeat Whittell twice in three days, Conn said, the two teams likely will have to play a tiebreaker to decide the final playoff seed.