North Tahoe basketball: Laker girls get offensive at Hawthorne |

North Tahoe basketball: Laker girls get offensive at Hawthorne

The Laker girls wasted little time getting down to business at Mineral County (Hawthorne) in a 73-28 rout Saturday.

“I’ve been waiting for a breakout game from the team, and this was it,” said North Tahoe head coach Scott Conn.

Senior Sydney Courcier led North Tahoe with 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field and had four assists to help lead the Lakers to a 3-1 record in the Northern 2A.

“Sydney was on fire,” Conn said. “She had a banner night; it didn’t matter where she shot from.”

Senior point guard Kelly Hester had a well-rounded performance, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals, while Brit Johnson had nine points, five assists and three steals and Shannon Stack had 13 rebounds, eight points and six steals.

North Tahoe led 14-7 after one quarter, 33-10 at the half and 52-20 after three quarters.

In a nonleague game that played out more like a scrimmage, the Lakers defeated Greenville (Calif.) 58-23 on Monday while playing their varsity players in the first half and their JVs in the second half.

Courcier scored 17 points in the first half and Stack had 15 points.

The Laker boys came up short at Hawthorne, dropping the Northern 2A league game 58-48 to fall to 2-4 in league.

Sophomore Brett Roberts scored a team-high 11 points for the Lakers, while Mitchell Conn and Armando Paniagua each contributed 10 points.

North Tahoe trailed by four with 3:30 to go before going cold down the final stretch. Lakers head coach Mike Williams said his team played a good game, especially defensively, despite the final score.

On Monday the Laker boys routed Greenville, which had only five players for the game ” until one fouled out. Williams said three or four of his players scored in double digits, and senior Frankie Tenorio returned to the team after missing much of the season.

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