North Tahoe basketball: Girls fall short against Virginia City, boys pull off win |

North Tahoe basketball: Girls fall short against Virginia City, boys pull off win

In a rematch of the Dec. 30 battle in which North Tahoe beat Virginia City on its home court, the visiting Muckers outscored the Lakers 20-8 in the fourth quarter en route to a nonleague win. In physical contest from start to finish, Virginia City led 11-10 after one quarter and 24-22 at the half. The score was tied at 32 at the end of the third quarter. The Laker girls are now 7-8 overall and remain 2-1 in league.

LEADING CONTRIBUTORS: Senior Sydney Courcier scored a team-high 13 points to go along with her seven rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots. Kelly Hester added 11 points, while Shannon Stack led the Lakers in rebounds with 13 as well as steals with five. The Muckers’ Sophie Glogovac scored a game-high 20 points.

COACH CONN’S COMMENTS: “It was really quite the battle through three quarters. The real difference, quite simply, was that not one, not two, not three, but four (Virginia City) girls got hot from outside in the fourth quarter.”

“The bottom line is that in the fourth quarter, they made their shots and we didn’t. We had our chances; the ball just wasn’t going in.”

UP NEXT: The Lakers play a league game at Mineral County (Hawthorne) on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Six Lakers scored in double-figures as North Tahoe played its best offensive game of the season against the visiting Muckers. The Lakers started strong, jumping out to a 17-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. Virginia City never let up, however, remaining within striking distance with defensive pressure that led to Laker turnovers.

LEADING CONTRIBUTORS: Sophomore guard Brett Roberts led the Laker offense with 18 points. Guards Chris Cahill and Armando Paniagua chipped in 12 points apiece, while big men Mitchell Conn and James Laughlin added 11 points and 10, respectively.

COACH WILLIAMS’ COMMENTS: “It was our best offensive output we’ve had all year. We were a little up and down defensively; we let them get back in the game a couple times. But overall I’m pleased with our effort. It’s good to see everybody improving.”

“We flattened out when we let up, but we made the plays at the end when we needed to.”

Tuesday’s nonleague loss to visiting Pyramid Lake is one to forget for the Lakers. Pyramid Lake ran an effective soft press that gave the Lakers trouble the entire game, coach Mike Williams said.

LEADING CONTRIBUTORS: Armando Paniagua scored 20 points, Chris Cahill had 18 and Brett Roberts nine.

COACH WILLIAMS’ COMMENTS: “We got back poorly in transition. … We continue to not take care of the ball.”

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