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Alex Close/Sierra SunBrit Johnson handles the basketball for the North Tahoe High girls basketball team against Quincy on Tuesday night.
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North Tahoes girls basketball team was given a lesson on the importance of keeping an opponent out of the paint Tuesday night.Visiting Quincy, a nonleague opponent, punished the Lakers 6642, with nearly 90 percent of its shots coming from inside the key.Ill have to take responsibility for the loss, head Laker coach Scott Conn said after the game.Conn said that he was a bit surprised by Quincys attack, and hadnt prepared his girls well enough to protect their own paint.Almost every shot we gave up was right in the paint, Conn said.North Tahoe (4-6, 1-2) never really had a chance as far as the scoring went; the Lakers were down 23-9 by the end of the first quarter.After a buzzer-beating field goal by Angela Jimenez, the Lakers went into the locker room at the half down 32-18.For the most part, Quincys points came from almost baseline to baseline runs by single players who finished the layups. By the end of the third quarter, Quincy was up 5030.Beside the fact that North Tahoe never seemed to let up, battling until the final buzzer, Conn said that a bright spot was that he was able to play just about everyone on the team.With Joelle Lazzareschi tallying three fouls in the first quarter, and a fourth foul coming in the second quarter, the senior spent most of the game on the bench.In addition, Kacie Conn reinjured her shoulder early in the first quarter, leaving her out for the remainder of the game.North Tahoes shot selection was fairly balanced and spread throughout the field. But the Lakers shot 17-for-70 from the field and 41 percent from the free throw line, stats that do not help win games.Despite giving up a lot of shots close to the basket, the Laker defense pulled down 31 rebounds and made six steals.Normal bench players Madi Walther and Elly Roemer were high scorers with eight points each.Lazzareschi posted seven points, despite her limited minutes.Kelly Hester and Sydney Courcier had six each and Brit Johnson posted five points.Samantha Leigh pulled down 10 rebounds.North Tahoe plays at Hamilton City, a small school located in the Chico area, for a nonleague contest today at noon. The Hamilton Braves (10-3) won their Mid-ValleySouth League last season. Conn said he hopes the game will be a good follow-up to Quincy, being that the school is similar in size to North Tahoe.It should be an interesting test to see how we bounce back from this, Conn said.


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