North Tahoe girls basketball program boasts speed, athleticism, experience |

North Tahoe girls basketball program boasts speed, athleticism, experience

Alex Close/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe High senior Joelle Lazzereschi takes the ball down court in an early season scrimmage last week.

The North Tahoe girls basketball team is up and running, and it’s moving faster than ever.

According to head Laker coach Scott Conn, this year’s squad will be more exciting than past teams, largely due to a higher number of fast players.

“It is going to be a more exciting brand and faster brand of basketball,” Conn said.

After three grueling days of tryouts, Conn was left with 25 girls to split up between varsity and junior varsity, the highest turnout in five years, according to the first-year head coach.

With 13 girls on his varsity team and 12 on JV, Conn said he has a few girls playing JV who could be at the varsity level, providing a great opportunity for good competition, which raises the level of play for the program in general.

The varsity squad has a mixture of returning seniors, sophomores who started for the JV team as freshman and a sprinkling of juniors.

“It’s an interesting mix of experience and a steep learning curve,” Conn said.

Conn pointed to the high level of athleticism and speed on the varsity team this year. He said that with so many fast players, the style of play will shift, primarily on defense, from a zone approach to a high pressure man-to-man strategy.

While Conn pointed to his team’s athleticism and the change in defensive style as strengths this season, he also cited the switch in defensive approach as a hurdle to overcome and an area of focus for the team.

Conn will be looking to the four most experienced of his six seniors for leadership through the rebuilding year.

The coach said he expects big things from Bridgette Kimmey this year. According to Conn, Kimmey is a strong shooter and has been playing varsity for three years, giving her valuable experience at that level.

Joelle Lazzareschi is active and very athletic, and Conn expects her to command the paint at forward.

Projected to play point guard and run the offense for North Tahoe will be Jeffree-Ann Schroepfer, whom Conn will look to for her lightning-fast speed.

Conn said that Angela Jimenez is the enforcer of the group, and can post up as well as play guard.

Conn will also be looking to his four sophomores, three of whom play guard.

Kelley Hester, Brit Johnson, Sydney Courcier and the forward of the group, Shannon Stack, are all coming from starting positions on last year’s highly successful junior varsity team.

Conn said he is looking forward to his younger players getting used to the varsity level and rounding out his potentially potent team. To meet that end more quickly, Conn has lined up tough early season scrimmages with bigger programs to test his team.

“By the time the season rolls around we’ll be able to challenge teams that we’ve had trouble dealing with in the past,” Conn said.

North Tahoe’s first regular season game is at Whittell on Nov. 27. The Lakers’ first season showing on Dollar Hill is against Silver Stage on Dec. 2.

Player Position Year

Kacie Conn Guard Junior

Sydney Courcier Shooting Guard Sophomore

Kelly Hester Point Guard Sophomore

Angela Jimenez Forward/Guard Senior

Brit Johnson Shooting Guard Sophomore

Bridgette Kimmey Shooting Guard Senior

Joelle Lazzareschi Forward Senior

Samantha Leigh Shooting Guard Senior

Carly McCreedy Shooting Guard Senior

Elly Roemer Forward Junior

Jefree-Ann Schroepfer Forward Senior

Shannon Stack Forward Sophomore

Madi Walther Forward Senior

Scott Conn Head Coach

Rich Courcier Assistant Coach

Kayli Beede Team Manager

Junior Varsity

Player Position Year

Shelby Adams Forward Sophomore

Monica Estrada Guard Freshman

Sara Estrada Point Guard Freshman

Yami Gutierrez Guard Freshman

Jennifer Jimenez Point Guard Junior

Keely Marple Guard Freshman

Chelsea Patrick Forward Junior

Tani Pettit Forward Freshman

Brenda Ramirez Guard Sophomore

Zuleima Ramirez Forward Junior

Heidi Schroepfer Forward Freshman

Scott Conn Head Coach

John Wood Assistant Coach

Cynthia Jimenez Assistant Coach

Hilary Stoner Team Manager

Nov. 25 Scrimmage JV 10:30/V noon

Nov. 27 @ Whittell JV 3 p.m./V 6 p.m.

Dec. 2 vs. Silver Stage JV 11 a.m./V 12:30

Dec. 6 @ Truckee JV 3 p.m./V 6 p.m.

Dec. 8 vs. Dayton JV 4:30/ V 6 p.m.

Dec. 11 vs. Portola JV 3/ V 6 p.m.

Dec. 13 vs. Incline JV 3 / V 6 p.m.

Dec. 15-16 @ Hoopa TBA

Jan. 3 @ Fernley JV 3 / V 6 p.m.

Jan. 5 @ Spring Creek JV 3 / V 6 p.m.

Jan. 6 @ Lowry JV 11 / V 2 p.m.

Jan. 10 vs. Yerington JV 3 / V 6 p.m.

Jan. 12 vs. Sparks JV 3 / V 6 p.m.

Jan. 16 vs. Mineral County JV 3 / V 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 19 vs. Lowry JV 3 / V 6 p.m.

Jan. 20 vs. Spring Creek JV 11 / V 2 p.m.

Jan. 26 @ Incline JV 3 / V 6 p.m.

Jan. 27 vs. Fernley JV 11 / V 2 p.m.

Jan. 30 vs. Loyalton JV 3 / V 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 2 vs. Truckee JV 3 / V 6 p.m.

Feb. 3 @ Dayton JV 11 / V 2 p.m.

Feb. 7 @ Sparks JV 3 / V 6 p.m.

Feb. 10 @ Yerington Jv 11 / V 2 p.m.

Feb. 14 N. Nevada Regionals Round 1, 7 p.m.

Feb. 16-17 Northern Nevada Tournament Round 2-Final

Feb. 23-24 Nevada State Tournament, Las Vegas

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