Lakers girls basketball drops battle with Whittell
North Tahoes girls basketball team took on the defending Northern 2A champions Monday night, and the Lakers held their own.Despite dropping the game 6649 to host Whittell, head Laker coach Scott Conn said he was pleased with his teams performance.Conn said he was especially happy with his Lakers second-half performance.In the first half Whittell shot 65 percent from the floor and North Tahoe 30 percent.After putting focus on North Tahoes new man-to-man defensive strategy going into the second half, Whittell was only 34 percent on field goals nearly half of the first halfs ratio while the Lakers bumped their field goals up to 37 percent.The girls really turned it on, Conn said.Conn said that it was fun to play a team of Whittells caliber, and that he was pleased with the way his girls handled that challenge. Likewise, Whittell coach Nathan Tolbert had words of praise for the Lakers.They are on the upswing,he said. This is a better team than theyve had in a while. They beat us over the summer and beat us in a scrimmage, but this was the first time they saw us with our full lineup. They are definitely a team on the move. Conn pointed to the even scoring through his team as a plus.With Shannon Stack posting 11 points, Joelle Lazzareschi and Jefree Schroepfer both putting up nine and Bridgette Kimmey and Sydney Courcier both scoring seven points, things were not just through one player.They played a hard-fought game, Conn said.Conn said that he was very pleased with the way his team handled the in-your-face defensive style that Whittell plays.I have to say that Whittell pressed us and we handled the press really well, Conn said.Conn said that after the Whittell defeat, he will continue to drill his team on ball handling and ball protection, as the Lakers gave up a too many turnovers for his liking.North Tahoe forced 18 Whittell turnovers while giving the ball up 15 times.I call that a positive ratio, Conn said. But it is still a few too many.In addition, because of North Tahoes eight successful free throws out of 21 attempts from the line, Conn will also be focusing on free throws.North Tahoes next game is against Silver Stage this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Dollar Hill.