North Tahoe basketball: Boys, girls remain in playoff contention
The Laker boys and girls finished 1-3 combined on a league road trip to Battle Mountain and Pershing County (Lovelock) this past weekend.North Tahoes girls split their two contests, losing 49-40 at Battle Mountain on Friday and beating Lovelock 46-43 to earn their second victory of the season over the Mustangs. The boys lost both games, falling 58-44 at Battle Mountain and 73-46 at Lovelock.The Laker girls are in third place at 4-2 in league play (10-9 overall), while Incline was atop the standings as of Tuesday afternoon at 3-0 and Battle Mountain was second at 5-1. Lovelock is fourth at 5-2, with both losses coming against North Tahoe.Senior Brit Johnson led the Lakers with 18 points against Battle Mountain, while Shelby Adams and Shannon Stack each had seven rebounds and Kelly Hester seven steals. North Tahoe head coach Scott Conn said the Lakers came out flat after the long road trip and didnt snap out of it until the fourth quarter, when they made a run to whittle an 18-point lead down to five. But it wasnt enough in the end.The Lakers made up for the slow start with a big win at Lovelock the team that knocked them out of the postseason a year ago the following day.It was a spectacular game for us, said Conn, describing an intense contest that was tied 43-43 in the final minute. Trailing 43-41, North Tahoe senior Sydney Courcier tied the score at 43 before Sara Estrada stole the ball and made one free throw to put her team up by a point. Hester followed with another Laker steal and converted a layup for the final score.Hester scored 15 points and had four blocks, and Stack had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Despite the pair of losses, Lakers head coach Mike Williams was pleased with the way his team played against two of the better teams in a competitive league.With seven league game remaining, Lovelock is in first with a 9-1 record. Silver Stage is second at 8-1, followed by Incline at 5-2, Battle Mountain at 5-3, Hawthorne at 4-4, ROP 4-5, North Tahoe 3-6, Independence 1-8 and Whittell 0-9. The top six teams out of nine make zones.Even though we lost both games, were doing everything much better, Williams said. Were just not scoring.Against Lovelock, senior guard Armando Paniagua led the Lakers with 14 points, while Brett Roberts finished with eight points, Mitchell Conn seven points and Frankie Tenorio six.Facing a tall Battle Mountain team, Paniagua led the way with 11 points and was followed by teammates Chris Cahill and Conn with nine points apiece and Tenorio with seven.
Boys1. Pershing Co. 9-12. Silver Stage 8-13. Incline 5-24. Battle Mountain 5-35. Hawthorne 4-46. ROP 4-57. North Tahoe 3-68. Independence 1-89. Whittell 0-9Girls1. Incline3-02. Battle Mountain5-13. North Tahoe 4-24. Pershing Co. 5-25. Whittell 3-46. Silver Stage 1-67. Hawthorne 0-8
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