Truckee basketball | Girls drop league opener against South Tahoe |

Truckee basketball | Girls drop league opener against South Tahoe

Truckee's Taylor Stevens (10), Katie Fisher and three Vikings reach for a loose ball in Tuesday's league opener. South Tahoe won 48-33.
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Truckee is scheduled to play a nonleague game at McQueen on Dec. 26. The Wolverines’ next home game is Saturday, Jan. 3, against Lowry. Tipoff is 1 p.m.

The South Tahoe girls basketball team capitalized on repeated Truckee fouls and a tough shooting night by the host Wolverines to earn a 48-33 win in both teams’ league openers Tuesday.

After an evenly matched first quarter, the Vikings took control in the second frame, outscoring the Wolverines 19-6 to carry a 31-16 lead into the half.

Truckee fought back after the break and cut the deficit to three points, at 36-33. But South Tahoe scored the last four points of third quarter and held Truckee scoreless in the fourth to pull away.

“We had a great third quarter,” said Truckee coach Dave Shalvis, “but I wish they would have calmed down. They freaked out in the second and fourth quarters and dug a hole they didn’t need to.”

During the Vikings’ big second quarter, they shot 17 free throws to Truckee’s six, converting 12 of the attempts. The Vikings were 20-of-34 from the charity stripe in the contest, compared to Truckee’s 9-of-22.

The fouls caught up to the Wolverines, whose top two offensive threats fouled out in the second half. Senior guard Marcelle Raynaud, who was a catalyst early with six points in the opening frame, fouled out in the third quarter. Junior point guard Sydney Mock, who led the Wolverines with 15 points, picked up her fifth foul with 3:16 remaining in the game.

“We wanted to contain Sydney and make the others beat us,” said South Tahoe coach Michael Neiger. “We seemed to have a size advantage, so we worked the ball into the post and were able to dictate.”

Senior Ally King led all scorers with an efficient 19 points to go along with her 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals. She shot 5-of-10 from the field and was 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Bailey Barcellos added nine points and seven rebounds for the Vikings, and Drue Chapman had four assists and three steals.

Mock stepped up her game offensively after Reynaud got into foul trouble. The speedy guard scored all six of Truckee’s points in the second quarter — when it seemed there was a lid on the Wolverines’ basket — and added seven points in the third quarter. Several of her 3-point attempts in the frame rimmed out.

Junior forward Adela Ortiz contributed to the Truckee comeback by scoring seven of her eight points in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer to open the half.

“When they settled down they started making shots,” Shalvis said of his players. “We talked about that at the half. But then we started fouling out.”

The Wolverines fell to 0-1 in the Northern Division I-A and 2-1 overall. South Tahoe improved to 1-0 in league and 4-5 overall. The teams meet again Jan. 24 at South Tahoe.

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