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Laker girls sink Highlanders

Alex Close
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Alex Close/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe's Sydney Courcier dives for a loose ball during the Lakers' 38-23 win over Incline on Wednesday.
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North Tahoe’s girls basketball team brought a superior game to the court at Dollar Hill Wednesday night, and Incline could not keep up.

The Lakers led substantially throughout the game, and quelled a small third-quarter Incline comeback attempt to win 38-23.

By points, Incline never really had a chance.

The first quarter ended with North Tahoe (1-2, 2-4) leading 13-6 and dominating play.

By the end of the first half, the Lakers were up 25-11, holding Incline to only a single point for the first two-thirds of the quarter.

It was the third quarter that worried Laker fans, as the Highlanders cut the margin nearly in half to end the quarter down 29-21.

“You can’t let a team like Incline think they are in the game,” head Laker coach Scott Conn said after the game.

But as Conn added, his girls may have given Incline hope, but they took that hope away in the fourth quarter by only allowing two Highlander points in the entire fourth quarter.

According to Conn’s statistics, the Lakers’ leader was Sydney Courcier, who was the points leader with 14, was 4-of-5 from the free throw line, had 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

“She had quite a game,” Conn said.

According to flow of game, Courcier was closely followed, if not surpassed, by senior Joelle Lazzareschi, who seemed almost possessed in the second half of the game, and fourth quarter especially.

Lazzareschi was all over the court, scrambling on the floor for balls, getting up to bring down boards, taking shots and drawing fouls.

However, as Conn pointed out, Lazzareschi’s impressive 13-point game could have easily been 20 if she had not gone 3 of 11 from the free throw line.

Lazzareschi gave credit to her inspired play to being sick and having two bruised knees.

The senior also said that her play might have seemed more intense in the second half because in the first half the officials supplied a boys size ball, and in the second corrected the error and a girls size was used.

In addition to Lazzareschi and Courcier, Shannon Stack brought down 9 boards and had 2 steals.

Conn said that his girls will be working on free throws and pressure layups this week in preparation for a small-schools tournament at Hoopa Valley Friday and Saturday.

Notes: North Tahoe’s junior varsity girls team took down Incline 34-21. Chelsea Patrick was the Lakers’ high scorer with 11 points.


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