North Tahoe basketball | Lakers upended by rival Highlanders
The North Tahoe boysand#8217; and girlsand#8217; basketball teams both suffered losses at Mount Rose League rival Incline on Friday, the girls by a score of 49-30 and the boys 73-40.
In the boysand#8217; game, league-leading Incline jumped out to a 23-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 46-15 at the half after a similar second quarter.
The Lakers played the hosts evenly after the break, scoring 14 points to Inclineand#8217;s 13 in the third quarter and 12 points to the Highlandersand#8217; 13 in the fourth.
Senior post Brendon Arnold led the Lakers with a team-high 16 points, while Raul Alonzo contributed seven points, and Colin Spencer and Eduardo Rodriguez each had six.
Five different Highlanders scored in double-figures, led by senior point guard Jordan Wrightand#8217;s game-high 19 points. Bobby Thoms scored 18 points, Orin Porter Jr. had 12, and Kyle Clouthier and Max Osborne had 10 apiece.
North Tahoe dropped to 0-5 in the Mount Rose League and 4-14 overall. Incline improved to 5-0 in the Mount Rose League and 17-4 overall. The Highlanders remain the only unbeaten team in the league.
In the girlsand#8217; game, Incline wasted little time jumping out to a big lead, as they built their advantage to 17-4 by the end of the first quarter to create an early cushion.
and#8220;That definitely wasnand#8217;t our best effort,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Rick Buhler, who added that his team looked and#8220;friedand#8221; at the end of finals week. and#8220;Weand#8217;re a far better team than that.and#8221;
Incline led 27-14 at the half after an evenly played second quarter. The Highlanders then outscored the Lakers 14-6 in the third quarter before coasting to the victory.
North Tahoe junior point guard Elizabeth Buhler led the Lakers with 11 points, while senior post Samantha Jeffers grabbed 14 rebounds. Inclineand#8217;s Kortney Solis led the Highlanders with 16 points, while junior teammate Kerrie Tonking scored 14 points and senior Alexa Smith pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Lakers are now 2-3 in league and 6-10 overall. Incline is 4-1 in league and 8-13 overall.