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Whittell girls to meet Hawthorne in postseason tourney

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The Whittell girls’ basketball team lost its only game of the weekend 57-47 on the road against West Wendover, but on the upside, the team has qualified to advance to the Nevada 2A Northern Division tournament Feb. 20. It’s the first time this decade that the girls’ team has advanced to the division playoffs.

“We had actually clinched (a playoff spot) by beating Silver Stage last week, but if we had beaten Wendover we would not have to play Hawthorne in the first round (because) we were hoping not to face them the first night,” said Warriors’ head coach Lindsay Wines. “Now we have to play them twice (back to back).”

Whittell lost to Hawthorne 90-18 Jan. 24 at home, mostly behind the play of NCAA Division 1 prospects Sidney Orndorff and Delicia Jernigan, who combined for 51 points last time around.

“They are probably one of the best teams in the state,” Wines said. “They go out and beat 4A teams. It will be a difficult task, but at least the kids made it to zone (tournament).”

Against West Wendover, the Warriors held a 24-22 halftime lead but couldn’t hang on as four starters fouled out: Luauna Brinkley, Whitney Gielow, Ashley Wines and Kaitlin Green.

“We started out really slow, down 11-6 in the first quarter,” Wines said. “We were leading at the half, but then in our third quarter we only scored six points and they scored 18, so that was definitely the difference in the game. In the fourth quarter we were down by only two points, but a couple of our kids fouled out and it went downhill.”

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Wines said there were 75 free throws shot and 60 fouls called by the 2A Northeastern conference officials.

“It was a completely different type of game for us,” Wines said. “They call a lot of fouls.”

Wines said that despite drawing a very tough first-round matchup for the league playoffs, she is proud of her team for advancing and hopes that players realize what they’ve accomplished.

“For these girls, I don’t know if they realize how great it is to make it to zone,” she said. “The junior varsity program only lost two games this year, so it has great things to say for the program in the future. Hopefully they realize what they’ve done and what they are capable of doing.”

The Warriors now are 3-8 in the conference and 5-17 overall on the season. The team travels to Hawthorne on Friday for its final game of the season before league playoffs begin on Feb. 20.

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The Whittell High School boys’ basketball team dropped a pair of important conference road games over the weekend, which all but eliminated them from contention to advance to the league playoffs. On Friday, the Warriors lost to Independence, 67-63, and on Saturday to West Wendover by a score of 72-53.

Whittell would need to beat Hawthorne on the road this Friday and Independence needs to lose its last two games of the season in order for the Warriors to advance. If the Warriors finish the season tied with Independence, Whittell loses the tiebreaker, having lost both its meetings with Colts this year.

Warriors’ head coach Brian Mehrer declined to comment on his team’s performance this weekend.

Whittell is now 3-10 in the Nevada Sierra 2A Northern conference play and 4-18 overall.

Incline High clinched the regular-season title with a 55-33 win over Independence on Saturday.

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