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Tah-Neva basketball: Cougars capture Tah-Neva title

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The Alder Creek Middle School 6th/7th-grade basketball team shows off its trophy after winning the Tah-Neva League championship this past Saturday.
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The Alder Creek Middle School girls 6th/7th-grade basketball team swept through the Tah-Neva League championship tournament at Incline High this past Saturday.

The Cougars, who entered as the league champions after losing only one game during the regular season, defeated all three opponents they faced. They started with a 21-2 win over South Tahoe and continued with a hard-fought, 18-17 win over Carson.

In a back-and-forth affair, the Cougars trailed Carson by a point with two second remaining when Jasmine Harris buried the game-winning shot.

The victory advanced Alder Creek to the championship game against the Pau Wa Lu Panthers.

Although the Panthers took an early lead, the Cougars battled back, and by the third quarter were steadily pulling ahead until reaching a final score of 23-14.

Alder Creek’s assistant coach — Truckee senior All-State basketball talent Sydney Mock — served as head coach in the absence of Dave Shalvis, who was away in Arizona. While Mock provided valuable instruction throughout the game, Shalvis also helped coach via FaceTime from a phone.

Shalvis communicated with the players and watched every play. Coach Dow Costa was on hand to help out as well.

Alder Creek’s 8th-grade team, coached by Scott Cross, did not place in the tournament despite a strong effort.

— This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.