North Tahoe boys show progress against Fernley |

North Tahoe boys show progress against Fernley

Alex CloseSierra Sun

The North Tahoe High boys basketball team had a rough weekend, taking a loss at Incline on Friday and dropping a home game to Fernley on Saturday.The Highlanders took down North Tahoe 79-29 in a game head Laker coach David Hansen said was the only time this season he has seen his players give up.The following day, North Tahoe hosted Fernley and lost 69-46 in a game that Hansen said made him proud of his players.After the disappointing loss at Incline, Hansen said he told his players to take pride in themselves. Heading into the locker room at halftime, North Tahoe trailed by only three points.As disappointed as I was on Friday, I was really pleased on Saturday, Hansen said.After suffering personnel blows due to academic ineligibility, players quitting and most recently an injury to star senior Michael Forte, Hansen decided to disband the junior varsity team and bring up all the remaining players to the varsity level. Fridays game was the first to feature all the former JV players on varsity.Hansen pointed out former JV players Mitchell Conn and Joe Erman as big contributors to the varsity effort. Despite Conn bringing down rebounds and helping the cause, it was the varsity regulars who put up most of the points, however.Against Fernley it was Spencer Marple leading the way with 14 points and Michele Basile close behind with 10.Friday night in Incline it was Brent Marple with 10 points leading the Laker effort.Hansen said that despite his teams setbacks this season, his players continue to battle and give it their all.I like the character of the players I have, Hansen said. Theyre keeping their chins up, by God.

North Tahoe hosts Truckee on Wednesday, with the girls playing at 4:30 p.m. and the boys at 6 p.m. The games, originally to have been played on Friday, were rescheduled for Wednesday.The North Tahoe boys travel to Dayton for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday.

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