North Tahoe basketball: Girls beat Silver Stage, prepare for showdown with Incline |

North Tahoe basketball: Girls beat Silver Stage, prepare for showdown with Incline

Host Silver Stage got off to a hot start against the North Tahoe girls Friday night, winning the first quarter 15-10 before the Lakers settled into a groove and took control.

Senior point guard Kelly Hester recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists as the Lakers cruised to a 57-36 league win. Hester also had four steals and converted 12 of her 14 free throw attempts, while Sydney Courcier finished with 18 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and Shelby Adams a team-high 13 rebounds.

“Kelly Hester and Sydney Courcier had monster games, and Shelby Adams had a really good game in the post,” said North Tahoe head coach Scott Conn. “Kelly is demonstrating that there is no other candidate for Most Valuable Player.”

The win sets up a Northern 2A showdown between second-place North Tahoe (7-2) and first-place Incline (8-1) at Incline on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. The Highlanders came out on top, 55-45, in the teams’ first meeting at North Tahoe on Jan. 9. If the teams finish the regular season with identical top records, the winner of Tuesday’s game will own the tiebreaker entering zones.

Conn said that if North Tahoe wins the regular-season title, it will mark the first time in school history a girls team has achieved the feat.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, Conn and his team learned recently that they’ll have to make their postseason run without returning All-League senior Brit Johnson, who is out for the remainder of the season win mononucleosis (mono).

“It’s a tremendous loss. She’s been a part of the team all four years, and she has helped us get to where we are,” Conn said. “That’s the bad news; the good news is that we have enough talent to fill the void.”

North Tahoe’s boys lost a pair of league games over the weekend at Silver Stage and Independence.

The losses dropped the Lakers to 3-10 in league play. Independence also is 3-10 and Silver Stage is in second place at 11-2. Pershing County leads the league at 12-2.

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