Boys continue winning ways
New head coach Phil Bryant isn't focused on the wins, but the Warriors notched another one Saturday. Whittell defeated Bryant's former team Westwood 62-19.
"It was a little bittersweet because I had coached there for 35 years before taking over at Whittell," Bryant said in an email. "I know all those Westwood players since I coached both varsity boys and varsity girls the past two years."
The boys got off to a fast start with full court pressure and ended the first quarter up 26-4. It was the defense of Austin Neil, Garrett Bronken, Mark Waite, Rodney Aguirre-Rodriguez and Palmer Chaplin that got Whittell the steals and the easy baskets.
From there, the Warriors went on to outscore Westwood 20-6 in the second quarter. The bench took over from there. Ten different players scored. The only player in double figures was Bronken, who dropped in 10 points.
"That reinforces all the conversations we have had about team play. The starters were on the bench but in full support of the back-up players, who continued the hard play and were able to hold Westwood down," Bryant said. "We pulled off the full court pressure in the first period but maintained solid half court defense throughout the remainder of the game. We were also helped by a poor shooting night by Westwood as the missed their first nine shots."
The boys improved to 9-1, but they will be put to the test in the upcoming weeks as they face the league powerhouses.
"South Tahoe is playing very well now, and so is Incline, Truckee, North Tahoe and Sparks," Bryant said. "Hopefully, we can build on our 9-1 start and continue to compete hard. We are young so we have lots of room to grow."
Girls drop Westwood game
A strong second half couldn't erase a slow first quarter for the Warriors on Saturday. The girls dropped their Westwood game 41-28 despite a second-half surge.
The Warriors got off to a slow start. Westwood outscored them 25-11 in the first half. The girls came out stronger in the second half, outscoring Westwood 17-16.
Amanda Harris led the team with 13 points. Emily Harris notched eight. Gisselle Benitez added four, and Jenny Shepack delivered three to the Warriors' cause.