North Tahoe basketball | Girls earn No. 8 playoff seed |

North Tahoe basketball | Girls earn No. 8 playoff seed

Sylas Wright / Sierra SunNorth Tahoe senior Beverly Olivares scored a season-high 23 points in the Laker girls' regular-season finale at Incline on Saturday. The Lakers earned the eighth playoff seed.

The Laker girls limped into the playoffs despite a tough run of luck to end the regular season.

Playing sick and shorthanded, North Tahoe lost at South Tahoe and Incline, 49-15 and 56-33, this Friday and Saturday, yet still finished ahead of West Wendover to earn the eighth and final Northern 2A playoff seed.

The Lakers, at 1-9 in the Mount Rose League (4-13 overall), will face top-seeded Pershing County (21-2) on Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Winnemucca Events Center to begin the Northern 2A Regional Tournament.

and#8220;A better seed would have been nice,and#8221; said first-year Lakers head coach Rick Buhler. and#8220;But unfortunately, we played with depleted troops the last few games.and#8221;

Buhler said Iren Rojas could not play due to serious illness, while the other members of the team played sick.

North Tahoe senior forward Beverly Olivares had her best game of the year against the Highlanders on Saturday, as she finished with a game-high 23 points while going 10-of-14 at the free-throw line.

Olivares and the Lakers will have their work cut out for them Thursday against Pershing County, whose only losses this season came against 4A Reed and 3A Fallon. Buhler said the forecasted storms this week could affect the Lakers’ ability to get out to Winnemucca. He’s awaiting word from Athletic Director Judy Dietz about their travel plans.

North Tahoe’s boys ended the season with a 75-29 loss at South Tahoe and a 86-46 loss at Incline to finish 1-9 in league and 4-18 overall.

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