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North Tahoe hoops: Boys split home games against Incline, Greenville

Sylas Wright
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Sylas Wright/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe junior guard Conner Whaley looks for an open teammate during the Lakers' home loss to Incline on Tuesday.

DOLLAR HILL and#8212; The Lakers dropped their Northern 2A opener by a large margin against Incline before rebounding to defeat Greenville (Calif.) in the past week.

Facing the 12-1 Highlanders and#8212; a juggernaut group that has defeated eight teams this season from the 4A or 3A ranks and#8212; the Lakers fell behind early and never recovered in a 67-29 rout Tuesday night.

North Tahoe then bounced back to take down Greenville, 45-20, in a nonleague game Wednesday to improve to 3-5 on the year.

Senior guard Brett Roberts led the Lakers with 11 points against Greenville, while senior forward Mitchell Conn recorded 10 points, Trevor Trimm eight points and Matt Walther seven.

Despite the 25-point win, North Tahoe head coach Mike Williams said he was more pleased with his team’s effort in the loss to Incline, when the Lakers played hard until the final whistle. He said they let up against Greenville.

and#8220;Overall, I was happy with their effort (against Incline). The first quarter we got a lot of good looks that just didn’t fall,and#8221; Williams said.

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Indeed. The Lakers had plenty of open shots in the opening quarter, when only a single jumper from Conn fell through the net as Incline built a 13-2 lead.

Laker shots continued to miss their mark in the second quarter as the Highlanders heated up offensively, taking a 37-10 lead into the half after Trimm nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Highlanders maintained their torrid pace throughout the second half, outscoring North Tahoe 14-8 in the third quarter and 16-11 in the fourth.

and#8220;I wasn’t surprised,and#8221; Williams said of the Highlanders, calling them the and#8220;clear-cut No. 1 teamand#8221; in the Northern 2A. and#8220;They’re really committed and going at it. With us, it’s like we’re just starting a second season. We need to get better, and then hopefully we can play (Incline) tougher when we play them in a month.and#8221;

The coach said few Laker players made it to every practice over Christmas Break, as many left town or had other obligations and#8212; hence, the rusty performance against the Highlanders.

Conn finished with seven points to lead the Lakers in the game, while Roberts added six points.

For the Highlanders, every player got in on the scoring action, with senior guard Sam Witt leading the balanced attack with 12 points.