North Tahoe girls basketball: Lakers return from California tournament |

North Tahoe girls basketball: Lakers return from California tournament

Sun Staff reports

The Lakers finished 1-2 in the Darren Tillotson Memorial Tournament this past weekend at Golden Sierra High School near Auburn.

North Tahoe is now 3-4 overall on the season, with one game remaining before league play tips off Jan. 5 against Incline.

The Lakers and#8220;started the tournament with a bang,and#8221; as head coach Scott Conn put it, routing Delta of Clarksburg, Calif., 46-20 on Friday. They followed with a 39-33 loss to host Golden Sierra on Saturday, and ended with a 55-52 loss to Lutheran (Elk Grove) later the same day.

Conn said the loss to Golden Sierra was an and#8220;excercise in total frustration,and#8221; as the Lakers finished with 53 turnovers in the game.

and#8220;Golden Sierra was pressing us full court, but it wasn’t the press that did it,and#8221; Conn said. and#8220;It was just a lack of focus on our part. It’s the first time this year that I’ve seen that.and#8221;

The coach said his team picked up its game against Lutheran, particularly on the offensive end.

and#8220;The third game was quite a shootout. It was a running gun battle,and#8221; Conn said. and#8220;Neither team could stop the other.and#8221;

For their consistent play during the two days of competition, North Tahoe seniors Monica Estrada and Heidi Schroepfer both were voted to the all-tournament team.

and#8220;Monica was dominant on the boards,and#8221; Conn said. and#8220;It was very impressive to watch how physical she was.and#8221;

Schroepfer led the Lakers with 11 points against Golden Sierra, while freshman guard Elizabeth Buhler scored a team-high 11 points against Delta.