North Tahoe hoops: Lakers play Incline girls tough in loss |

North Tahoe hoops: Lakers play Incline girls tough in loss

Sylas Wright
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Sylas Wright/Sierra SunSenior guard Sara Estrada drives past the half-court line during the Lakers road loss to Incline on Tuesday.

INCLINE VILLAGE and#8212; Host Incline weathered a strong start from North Tahoe before pulling away in the second half for a 56-37 league win on Tuesday.

and#8220;We were in it early,and#8221; said Lakers head coach Scott Conn. and#8220;In fact I thought we were in it until the fourth quarter. But we could not sustain our energy, and our shots weren’t falling like they were in the first half.

and#8220;But I was very proud of our girls’ effort. It’s just a testament to how good Incline is.and#8221;

The Lakers (1-4 league, 4-11 overall) played the Highlanders (3-2, 7-10) particularly tough in the opening quarter, holding their own in the rebound department despite a distinct size disadvantage, and matching buckets for a 12-12 tie.

Incline used a 15-9 second quarter to take a 27-21 lead at the midway point, then outscored the Lakers 16-9 in the third and 13-7 in the fourth.

Incline head coach Bill Devine credited North Tahoe for its much-improved performance since the teams’ first meeting, when the Highlanders routed the Lakers 65-22 back on Jan. 5.

and#8220;North Tahoe, to their credit, did a good job adjusting to things since the first time we played,and#8221; Devine said. and#8220;and#8230; They did a great job of boxing out [for rebounds], and we had a hard time countering it and#8230;

and#8220;I think North Tahoe has improved a lot since the first time we played them. I was impressed.and#8221;

Senior guard Sara Estrada led the Lakers with 10 points, while senior point guard Kea Jolicoeur added eight points, Heidi Schroepfer six and Elizabeth Buhler four. Incline senior guard Katie Wright led all scorers with 20 points.

and#8220;We definitely knew it would be a tough game. But we set goals to do better than we did in the first encounter. And I was very pleased with the game, especially the first quarter,and#8221; said Conn, adding that the Lakers and#8220;took a quantum leap forwardand#8221; with their performance.

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