North Tahoe basketball | Boys edge Pershing County, fall to Battle Mountain
Northern Division III standings
West Wendover 10-0
Battle Mountain 6-4
North Tahoe 4-4
White Pine 5-5
Pershing County 4-5
Silver Stage 0-9
White Pine 7-2
Pershing County 6-2
Battle Mountain 5-3
Silver Stage 2-6
North Tahoe 1-6
West Wendover 0-9
The North Tahoe boys split a pair of Division III games over the weekend, defeating Pershing County 43-40 at home Friday and losing 44-41 at Battle Mountain on Saturday.
The Lakers, at 4-4 in league play, are now tied for fourth in the standings with eight games remaining.
North Tahoe coach Frank Wright said the Lakers’ most recent contests were action-packed thrillers. “They were both exciting. They were back and forth all night,” he said.
Senior guard Alex Tyler led the Lakers with 18 points in their close win over Pershing County (4-5), which Wright complimented as a classy and well-coached team.
“It was a battle, but it was a good battle,” Wright said, adding that both teams’ defenses made for a tough offensive night. “There were many lead changes.”
Sophomore post Nick Joslin contributed eight points for the Lakers, while Noah McDermott scored six, and Mitchell Myers and Alex Bourriague had four apiece. Junior guard James Palacio played a solid game defensively off the bench and scored two points.
The Mustangs resorted to their 3-point game, scoring 27 of their 40 points on 3-pointers. They attempted 38 shots from behind the arc. Senior Dylan Garretson led the way with nine points on three 3-pointers.
The Battle Mountain contest was another nail-biter. The Lakers got off to a slow start, trailing 10-4 after one quarter and 21-12 at the half. They came back in the second half only to fall three points short.
Tyler scored a game-high 15 points. Bourriague scored nine, Myers seven and Joslin six. McDermott sat out with an injured knee.
Blake Dorian scored 13 to lead the Longhorns, and Daniel Itza added 12.
Girls fall to league leaders
The North Tahoe girls lost 57-25 to Pershing County and 43-20 to Battle Mountain.
Senior guard Angela Wood led the Lakers with 10 points in both contests. Savannah App grabbed 11 rebounds against Pershing County (6-2), while Sara Trimm scored eight points against Battle Moutnain (5-3) and Taylor Briggs pulled down eight rebounds.
Despite the losses, North Tahoe coach Shaun Chilkotowsky said the Lakers played well as they continue to improve. And they’re doing it without Sage Chador and Bridget Schroepfer, who are both out with injuries. In addition, much of the team has been battling with sickness.
“The team is coming together and starting to click,” Chilkotowsky said. “We should have a good opportunity to win four of the last seven this season. The freshmen have really stepped in up and began to see some quality minutes. Freshmen Camryn Turner has earned three starts already this season and has a promising future.”
The Lakers play at Silver Stage on Wednesday and host White Pine and West Wendover on Friday and Saturday.
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