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Lakers girls fall to Wolverines

Charles Levinson, Tahoe World Staff

Despite a 3-20 record, you can’t say North Tahoe’s girls haven’t any game on the court. They got game, just not quite a full game.

In the end of the home match last Saturday, it was a stomping with Truckee besting the Lakers by a score of 50-33. But the final score doesn’t tell the whole story. North Tahoe was with the Wolverines through three quarters of play. At the end of three it was a four point game, with Truckee up 33-29.

But quarter four brought heartbreak for the blue and white in the form of a 17-4 run for Truckee. The fourth quarter troubles began Saturday when 5′ 11″ freshman Virginia “the Board Monster” Munsterman fouled out of the game. Munsterman had been a force all game in the paint, and had been good for six points including 4/4 shooting from the line when she was sent packing.

“We can play with anybody in the first half,” head coach Justin Caruthers said. “In the second half we just can’t hang anymore.”

Caruthers calls his team’s current troubles a case of the freshman legs. His girls are young and have yet to develop the stamina and strength to go head to head with opponents for four quarters.

“We’ll have to get them in the weight room,” Caruthers said.

He’ll have three more years to grow and mold them into an NIAA force. The Lakers are currently starting three freshman, including Saturday’s high scorer, Kailey Rowan. The Laker’s sixth man (woman) is Cody Feest, also a freshman.

“Many times during the game we’ll have four freshman and a junior on the floor,” Caruthers said. “The future looks great, but right now we’re taking our lumps.”

The girls were scheduled to travel to Winemucca Tuesday night to take on the Lowry Buckaroos in the first round of the post-season. For a wrap-up of the Tuesday match against the Lowry Buckaroos, go to http://www.tahoe.com.


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