Laker girls compete in Virginia City basketball tourney |

Laker girls compete in Virginia City basketball tourney

The North Tahoe High girls basketball team struggled through the Virginia City High School Basketball Tournament this past weekend, finishing 1-4 a year after winning the two-day tourney.

North Tahoe’s junior varsity team, which was made up of mostly incoming freshman, got a firsthand feel for varsity-level play, losing each of its five games.

Laker head coach Scott Conn said that despite winning the tournament last year, this year’s change in format was a big hurdle for his teams. The coach said the games followed a running 18-minute half format, with all shooting fouls automatically awarded two points. In addition, players could not foul out.

“The unique format might of hurt us a little bit,” Conn said.

Conn said the different play was felt most in the in the second game against Douglas, which was an ugly, physical match with some of Douglas’ players tallying six to eight fouls. The Lakers fell 40-24 to Douglas.

North Tahoe’s first game against Virginia City was a close one, with the host team winning 29-28.

The Lakers kept the score close in the third game, as well, falling 46-43 to Lovelock.

On Day 2, the Lakers had only six players, all of whom were eventually worn down by Carson High’s 12 players in the 44-38 North Tahoe loss.

Despite having the choice to not play the final game, North Tahoe showed up for Loyalton, who had seven players and were equally as tired, Conn said. North Tahoe made up for its previous losses with a 44-20 win.

Conn highlighted performances by Kelly Hester, who scored 24 of the Lakers’ 44 points in the final game.

“She was all over the place,” Conn said of Hester, who also took second place in the free throw competition.

Brit Johnson took second place in the three-point competition, while Sydney Courcier had what Conn called one of the best defensive performances in three years. Conn was also very happy with Shelby Adams, the new forward up from JV, as well as Jennifer Jimenez, Yami Gutierrez and Sara Estrada.

Conn said the Lakers would have no more official games or practice for the summer, but the girls would be getting together informally to practice throughout the summer.

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