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Warrior girls bring veteran basketball moves with playoff expectations

Becky Regan / Tahoe Daily Tribune Emily Harris follows her shot during practice while head coach Tom Esposito looks on at Whittell High School on Wednesday.

The girls basketball team is a little older, a little wiser and more importantly a lot deeper this year.

Eight of the 10 players on the girls roster are returners. The veterans have playoffs in mind and the basketball skills to back it up.

“All 10 of our players can play ball,” head coach Tom Esposito said. “We don’t have to hide anyone this year. We have a deeper bench than we’ve ever had.”

Sisters Emily Harris and Amanda Harris are the cornerstone of that depth. The 5-foot-11 seniors are aggressive players, leading scorers and team leaders on and off the court.

Emily will run the point for the second year in a row, and Amanda will do what she does best – find net.

The sisters led the team in scoring with 12 points each during a scrimmage against Sierra Lutheran, Tuesday.

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“They have two things going, they’re very competitive and very athletic. With that combination, neither of them takes losing lightly,” Esposito said.

The basketball team also returned Sierra Forvilly, a key player who elected to join ski team instead of basketball last year. Fresh from the soccer season, Forvilly is fast and a dependable point guard for the Warriors.

Forvilly and speedy soccer teammate Jenny Shepack add some seriously speed moves to the Warriors’ arsenal.

“Sierra and Jenny bring us speed. Actually we call Jenny ‘The Jet.’ We are much faster than last year with them,” Esposito said.

In addition to adding speed, the Warriors also added some new defensive moves.

“We picked up on the defensive end, I won’t say how, but we picked up on the defensive end with some different strategies,” Esposito. “We put in a couple changes on our offense too.”

Nicki Simon and Gisselle Benitez also bring soccer stamina to the basketball court. Tori Jimenez, Veronica Charles and Iran Manzano finalize the girls varsity roster.

The combination promises for a strong season with an equally strong shot at playoffs.

“We’re stronger this year than we were last year,” Esposito said. “If everyone stays healthy we will go far. They can make it to state.”

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