North Tahoe basketball: Whittell puts Laker girls to the test
The Laker girls made their shots when they counted most to eke out a 37-35 win over host Whittell on Tuesday night.
Neither team lit up the nets, as North Tahoe led only 7-4 at the end of the first quarter and 14-11 at the half. Both teams scored nine points in the third quarter before picking up the scoring pace in the fourth.
With the score knotted at 33-33 in the waning minutes, North Tahoe senior Shelby Adams drove into the paint and connected on a baby hook as she was fouled on the shot. She converted the three-point play to put the Lakers up by three.
After a Whittell bucket on the other end that narrowed the score to 36-35, North Tahoe senior Sydney Courcier went to the line, hit her first free throw and missed her second. She then grabbed her own rebound and held the ball as time expired.
“It came down to some really clutch shots,” said North Tahoe head coach Scott Conn.
Senior point guard Kelly Hester scored a team-high 13 points to go along with her three blocks and two steals. Adams and Shannon Stack each grabbed nine rebounds, and Adams had four blocks. Sydney Courcier contributed four assists and seven rebounds.
Conn said he enjoyed watching the battle between Stack and Whittell’s top player, Isabel Concha-Foley ” both of whom he considers All-State-caliber post players. On Tuesday, however, both players got into foul trouble and missed a considerable amount of game time.
While neither reached 40 points in the game, Conn attributed poor offense rather than good defense, pointing out that the Lakers shot 24 percent from the field and Whittell shot 25 percent.
“I’m happy with the win, but I’m not happy with the overall performance of the team,” Conn said.
Whittell’s boys snapped an 11-game losing streak in Northern 2A league play with a 62-51 win over the Lakers.
The Warriors led throughout the first half, but North Tahoe came back to tie the score in the third period. The Warriors, who were effective with a 2-2-1 press in the first half, switched to a 1-3-1 half-court trap in the final quarter to swing the game in their favor.
” Sun News Service contributed to this report
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