North Tahoe basketball | Lions bump boys from playoff contention
Northern Division III standings
West Wendover 13-1
White Pine 8-6
Battle Mountain 8-7
Pershing County 6-8
North Tahoe 6-8
Silver Stage 2-12
Pershing County 10-2
White Pine 9-4
Battle Mountain 7-5
Silver Stage 2-7
North Tahoe 1-9
West Wendover 1-12
The North Tahoe boys got their revenge against Silver Stage on Saturday. But the victory was bittersweet after dropping a must-win league game at Yerington the night before that knocked the Lakers out of playoff contention.
After falling 59-51 against Yerington, the Lakers rebounded to defeat Silver Stage 67-49 at home.
In order to stay in the playoff hunt, North Tahoe (6-8) needed Battle Mountain (8-7) to beat White Pine (8-6) on Saturday. It didn’t happen, as the Bobcats took down the visiting Longhorns 79-62.
The Lakers nearly pulled out a crucial win at Yerington. They trailed 13-12 after one quarter and 34-28 at the half before coming back to tie the score at 40-all entering the fourth.
The Lions (7-8) made the most of their 16 free throws in the final frame, however, as they outscored the Lakers 19-11 while making only two field goals. They shot 30 free throws in the game to North Tahoe’s 15.
“They did most of their damage in the fourth on free throws. That’s all they did was shoot free throws,” said North Tahoe coach Frank Wright.
Junior guard Kolya Kelly scored a team-high 16 points for the Lakers. Alex Tyler scored 13 and Mitchell Myers five.
After losing 68-58 at Silver Stage (2-12) on Jan. 29, the Lakers paid back the Nighthawks with a quality win Saturday.
Kelly again led North Tahoe, scoring 19 points, while Tyler scored 15, senior guard Omar Vargas had his best game of the season with 10 points, and Noah McDermott scored nine.
The Laker girls dropped both of their league games on Friday and Saturday, 49-18 at Yerington and 38-25 against Silver Stage.
North Tahoe senior guard Angela Wood scored a team-high eight points and senior forward Taylor Briggs pulled down seven rebounds to lead the way.
Against Silver Stage, Wood scored 11 points to again lead the team, while Briggs contributed six points.
The Lakers have struggled with injuries the second half of the season, which has allowed ample playing time for their underclassmen, including four freshman — Camryn Turner, Jillian Argiris, Elise Avery and Xochitl Perez. North Tahoe coach Shaun Chilkotowsky said every player on the roster has scored.
The Lakers, who played at Pershing County on Tuesday night, end the season at home against rival Incline (11-2) on Thursday. Girls tip off at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30.