Prep basketball: North Tahoe girls, Truckee boys run into stiff competition
A shorthanded Laker girls squad opened the Marin Academy Invitational Tournament with a 60-50 loss to Mesa Verde on Thursday.
North Tahoe head coach Scott Conn, who brought only five of nine varsity players to the tournament, said he was disappointed with his team’s overall execution.
“The reality is that we shouldn’t have lost,” said Conn, whose Lakers are now 1-1 on the season. “The bottom line is that I don’t think we played anywhere near our potential.”
The coach was encouraged, however, by “two really solid offensive performances,” referring to Kelly Hester’s 18 points and Shannon Stack’s 15 points.
Conn also was pleased with the play from the four junior varsity players he brought to fill the void left by the missing varsity players. And he said he couldn’t complain about the Lakers’ effort.
“I’ve gotta give Mesa Verde credit. They were up by 20 points about a quarter of the way through the third quarter. But I’m proud of the girls. When they finally turned the switch on, they battled back,” Conn said.
The Incline Highlanders will not be missed by the Northern 3A this season.
While Truckee no longer has to worry about the Northern 3A champs in league play, the Wolverines were put to the test by the newest member of the 2A in the Quincy Tournament on Thursday night.
It didn’t go as well as Truckee had hoped, as a talented Incline team rode a 28-point performance from junior center Josh Dykstra to a 46-38 win.
“We played awesome defense,” said Truckee head coach Mike Hoehn. “But (senior center) Flynn Rice got in early foul trouble, and we couldn’t recover from it. We didn’t have the depth in the post to challenge (Dykstra).”
Hoehn said the Wolverines pulled to within four points with about two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Dykstra and the Highlanders held on for the win.
“We just gotta start learning how to get those (wins),” Hoehn said. “That’s the thing with a young team. It’s just a matter of getting the kids to learn how to finish.”
Junior guard Matt Mehan led Truckee with 10 points, while seniors Matt Hoehn and Rice contributed eight points apiece.