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North Tahoe girls basketball: Lakers just warming up

Sun Staff reports

The Laker girls are glad to be home and at full strength.With only about half of the varsity team able to play in this past weekends Marin Academy Invitational Tournament, North Tahoe finished 0-3 against top-notch competition. The Lakers opened the three-day tournament with a 60-50 loss to Mesa Verde, and followed with a 69-30 loss to Cloverdale that coach Scott Conn called an absolute nightmare. North Tahoe rebounded the next day, however, playing a solid game only to come up short, 41-37, against Emery of Oakland.North Tahoe senior Kelly Hester made quite an impression on opposing coaches, as the guard was voted to the All-Tournament team after scoring 46 points in three games (15.3 points per contest). Hester scored 10 points against Cloverdale and 18 against both Mesa Verde and Emery.North Tahoe senior Brit Johnson led the Lakers with 12 points against Cloverdale while finishing with 15 points against Emery.Conn said he was pleased with the way his team bounced back from a big loss to nearly upset Emery, which led by only a single point with 17 seconds remaining. He also was impressed with the play of JV call-ups, all of whom gained priceless experience.It was a great opportunity for the JV players to come up and get a taste of the speed and power of the varsity game, Conn said … From a varsity perspective, its disappointing we couldnt get more girls down there.The Lakers hosted Loyalton in their home opener Tuesday night. See Thursdays Sports andamp; Outdoors for full girls and boys game stories.