Lakers’ girls tune up for Incline
North Tahoe’s girls basketball team took one in the name of improvement Monday night.
The Laker girls dropped a non-league home game against Portola 51-40. But Lakers coach Scott Conn said that he took full responsibility for the loss to what he called a strong but beatable Portola squad because he was experimenting with lineups, chemistry and personnel in an attempt to nail down his starting lineup before hosting Incline tonight in the last league game of 2006.
“We’ve reached a stage in the season where we’re done fooling around and we are going to play the kids who are performing,” Conn said.
Conn explained that today’s home game against Incline will be the first time this season that he will be implementing such a methodology ” a more competitive strategy that gives major minutes to players Conn feels are the strongest and uses just a few substitutes to spell those starters.
Conn said that through his experimentation with players in Monday’s game, coupled with the results, he has nailed down what he thinks will be this season’s starting five.
The Laker squad posted 6 points in the first quarter, 9 in the second, 6 in the third and 19 points in the fourth quarter.
According to Conn, sophomore Sydney Courcier had a huge game and huge fourth quarter, with eight of her 14 points coming in the final period.
In addition to Courcier, who will start at guard, senior point guard Jefree-Ann Schroepfer, senior forward Joelle Lazzareschi, junior guard Kacie Conn and sophomore guard Kelly Hester have all earned the start against Incline.
With a 1-3 record, Conn said his Lakers are in need of a win against their basin rival, and that is what he’s going after by giving major minutes to his new starting five.
Conn said that two or three other girls, who he did not want to name in the hopes of keeping his whole team motivated, will spell those five for the major minutes against the Highlanders.
North Tahoe hosts Incline on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The JV girls play at 3 p.m.
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