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North Tahoe basketball | Girls nearly pull off comeback at Vikings

Joe Proudman
Tahoe Daily Tribune
Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily TribuneSamantha Jeffers grabs a defensive rebound during the Lakers' loss at South Tahoe on Tuesday.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; At the half of Tuesday’s North Tahoe at South Tahoe girls’ basketball game, Vikings head coach Mike Neiger wasn’t exactly happy with his team’s 26-17 lead.

and#8220;We’re letting them hang around,and#8221; he said, as he walked to the locker room.

He was right. The Lakers fought back to within one point late in the game, but after three of their senior starters fouled out, South Tahoe managed to put them away for a 42-36 win.

South Tahoe went into the fourth quarter with only a two point lead, 32-30. North Tahoe climbed back into the game late in the third quarter with contributions for several players.

Sophomore guard Angela Wood made it a seven-point game with a layup in transition. Wood then hit a three-pointer after a South Tahoe basket, leaving the score at 32-26.

North Tahoe’s Taylor Briggs had a bucket off the glass to make it 32-28, and Irene Rojas made both free throws to close the game to 32-30 as the third quarter ended.

The Lakers pulled to within 32-31 at the start of the fourth, after Rojas sunk another free throw. But South Tahoe outscored the Lakers 10-5 in the final half of the final stanza.

North Tahoe senior post Samantha Jeffers, who had four fouls by the second quarter, fouled out in the third. Mago Olivares and Rojas, both seniors, fouled out in the fourth.

and#8220;We played well,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Rick Buhler. and#8220;We can definitely beat them.and#8221;

Wood led the Lakers with 11 points, while Sage Chador finished with a game-high 14 rebounds and Briggs had 11 rebounds.

North Tahoe is now 2-2 in Mount Rose League play and 6-9 overall. South Tahoe is 3-2 in the Mount Rose League.

The Laker boys, meanwhile, never got going offensively as they lost 68-18.

and#8212; Sierra Sun Sports Editor Sylas Wright contributed to this story.