Dayton girls edge North Tahoe with playoff berth on line
Sierra Sun News Service
DAYTON ” Determination and free throws told the tale Saturday afternoon when the Dayton and North Tahoe girls basketball teams collided with a playoff berth on the line.
The ball didn’t fall for North Tahoe. It did for Dayton, as the Dust Devils rallied in the fourth quarter for a 36-30 Northern 3A victory at home that clinched sixth-place and a trip to the regional tournament in two weeks.
Dayton (5-8 league, 5-11 overall) now has a 21?2 game lead and tie-breaker advantage over the Lakers in the race for the sixth and final playoff position.
The Dust Devils shot 12-for-17 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to overcome a 22-19 deficit against North Tahoe (3-11, 7-17).
On the other hand, the Lakers were only able to convert 4 of 14 free throws during those final eight minutes.
“My hat’s off to Dayton,” North Tahoe coach Scott Conn said. “That game right there decided sixth place. Our kids knew it; their kids knew it. We had ’em, we couldn’t close it and they did.”
A determined Dayton unit took the floor for the start of the final quarter.
“The fourth quarter saved us,” said Dayton coach Shari Andreasen, who only had eight players suited up due to various injuries and illnesses. “They just decided in the fourth quarter, ‘We’re taking this game and we’re going to win.’ They were determined.”
Senior Stephanie Greer knocked down a 3-pointer to tie it and ignite a 17-8 run through the fourth quarter. Brittany Hill converted three straight free throws down the stretch to provide another key.
Conn was pleased with the defensive effort given by the Lakers. In particular, he mentioned the inside play of 5-foot-6 Madi Walther and 5-4 Angela Jimenez ” “Their mission was to front Dayton’s post players and not let them get the inside game going,” Conn said ” along with an “awesome” performance by Joelle Lazzareschi.
“Normally, when you give up 36 points, that’s good enough to win the game,” Conn said. “That’s been our story all season ” great defense and a one-dimensional offense.”
Even though zone defenses have caused problems in the past, Conn felt his Lakers worked the ball well against Dayton this time.
“We had our opportunities,” the North Tahoe coach said. “We had shots. We were squaring up and getting good shots. The ball just wouldn’t fall for us.”
Sophomore Brit Johnson led North Tahoe with eight points. Kelly Hester and Bridget Kimmey scored five points each, Walther four, Jefree-Ann Schroepfer three and Lazzareschi three.
Freshman guard Ariella Ruybal led all scorers with 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers for Dayton. Greer finished with nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Hill scored five.
North Tahoe won the junior varsity game, 41-33.
North Tahoe plays at Sparks Wednesday, 6 p.m. varsity girls and 7:30 p.m. boys.
North Tahoe ends its season Saturday at Yerington, 2 p.m. varsity girls, 3:30 p.m. boys.
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