Lakers’ girls use defense to top Silver Stage |

Lakers’ girls use defense to top Silver Stage

The North Tahoe High varsity girls basketball team improved to 1-1 on the season with a 59-32 win over Silver Stage at home on Saturday.

“I was very pleased,” North Tahoe head coach Scott Conn said of the non-league victory. “We led from the start, and it was all defense that was doing it, which is a new concept for North Tahoe.”

The Lakers forced 17 turnovers, blocked four shots and out-rebounded Silver Stage 29-18.

All three of North Tahoe’s senior starters scored in double figures, with forward Joelle Lazzareschi and point guard Jefree Schroepfer leading the way with 12 points apiece and forward Bridgette Kimmey scoring 11. Lazzareschi led the team in rebounds with eight, and senior Madi Walther chipped in seven points and three rebounds.

Conn said that Silver Stage put up a good effort, and after trailing 31-11 at the half even outscored the Lakers 12-11 in the third quarter. North Tahoe then went on to score 16 in the fourth quarter while holding Silver Stage to 9.

“I’ve got to hand it to Silver Stage,” Conn said. “Despite the fact that we were ahead by a significant margin, they kept coming back and never gave up.”

The coach still is looking for his team to play a solid four quarters, but said that the Lakers are improving in that department.

“We played three of four good quarters,” he said of Saturday’s contest. “I’m pleased that we are starting to put more good quarters together, but we still haven’t had that perfect game.”

While Conn was happy about North Tahoe’s improved defensive effort, the team’s free-throw shooting was a different story, as the Lakers connected on only 17 of 39 from the line. The team will be working on its free-throw shooting in practice this week, Conn said.

The Lakers open Northern 3A league play Wednesday at Truckee, a game Conn looks forward to both for the competitive nature of the rivalry and to judge where his team stands at this point in the season.

“I think it will be a wonderful test for both teams,” Conn said. “It will be a great opportunity and a challenge for us. I consider Truckee one of the top three teams in league. I’m anticipating a fun match.”

North Tahoe’s junior varsity girls basketball team beat Silver Stage 65-23 on Saturday.

“I have to say that (the Lakers’ JV team) has really been a surprise to me ” a pleasant surprise,” said head coach Scott Conn, who heads both the Lakers varsity and JV girls teams.

Freshman point guard Sara Estrada and sophomore forward Shelby Adams led the Lakers in scoring with 14 points, and junior Chelsea Patrick scored 10 points.

Conn said he was most pleased with the Lakers’ transition game, explaining that the girls did a good job of spreading out and running the floor.

With a 41-13 lead at the half, however, Conn said he “put the brakes on” for the final two quarters in an effort not to run up the score.

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