North Tahoe basketball: Laker girls avenge loss to Battle Mountain
TAHOE CITY ” The Laker girls got their revenge in dominant fashion.
Less than a week after a disappointing 49-40 loss at Battle Mountain, North Tahoe stormed out to a big lead and never let off the throttle en route to a 60-25 rout Thursday.
“It was definitely a revenge win,” said North Tahoe head coach Scott Conn.
“In that previous loss Battle Mountain hit a lot of big shots, so we were expecting them to give us quite a battle out here. But our kids jumped right on them from the get-go. …
“I told the girls it was a game of opportunity,” the coach continued. “It was an opportunity to beat a team that you felt you should have beat, you get the tiebreaker in our direction, and you get the opportunity to position yourselves to have your fate in your own hands.”
In taking care of business Thursday night, the Lakers (5-2 Northern 2A) are in good position for postseason seeding, owning tiebreakers over both Battle Mountain (4-2) and Pershing County (5-2).
Incline, which lost to Battle Mountain on Friday night, leads the league at 4-1. If the Lakers defeat Incline in the second matchup, scheduled for Feb. 10 at Incline, they will own the tiebreaker over the Highlanders as well.
“If we win out the rest of the season we win the league championship and become the No. 1 seed entering zones,” Conn said.
The Lakers were in playoff form Thursday night in what turned into a physical game.
Senior point guard Kelly Hester felt the brunt of the physical play. She took an elbow to the mouth that split both her upper and lower lip, and then caught another blow ” by the same Battle Mountain player ” to the face, giving her a black eye.
Instead of sitting out the rest of the game, Hester returned a determined player. The end result was a 23-point output as she further buried the visitors in the final quarter with a number of breakaway layups.
“She was on a mission,” Conn said.
Sydney Courcier tallied 15 points and Brit Johnson and Shelby Adams contributed seven points apiece.
The Laker boys battled hard but came up short, 47-42, against Battle Mountain on Thursday night.
Senior guard Frankie Tenorio led North Tahoe with 13 points in what began as a defensive struggle. The Lakers led 6-5 after the first quarter and 23-11 at the half after North Tahoe heated up offensively.
But a large Battle Mountain team wore down the Lakers (3-7 league) as the second half wore on to pull away in end.
“They were a bigger team than us,” said Lakers head coach Mike Williams, “but we played way more aggressive. Out effort was outstanding, but we just missed our shots in the second half.”
Williams said the Lakers must win four of their last six league games to make the postseason.
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