Incline trounces Whittell, 65-35 |

Incline trounces Whittell, 65-35

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor
Steve Yingling / Tahoe Daily TribuneWhittell High senior Alex Potnick pulls up for a jump shot against Incline on Saturday.

ZEPHYR COVE — Playing back-to-back games can take a toll on basketball players at any level, and two Lake Tahoe high school teams handled the scenario differently on Saturday.

After losing by 10 points at South Tahoe on Friday night, Incline attended a morning shoot-around before traveling to Whittell for its second Mount Rose League game in as many days. Whittell, meanwhile, after losing a three-point nailbiter to Truckee on Friday and playing for the fourth time in eight days was coping with additional fatigue and craving a much-needed day off.

As a result, Incline came out with more purpose and energy and overwhelmed the Warriors 65-35 in the afternoon game at Whittell HIgh.

The Highlanders limited Whittell to 11 second-half points and cruised to their second league win in three games. The win tied Incline (13-2 overall) with Truckee atop the MRL standings. The two schools meet on Tuesday.

Patrick Murray buried a three-point shot on Incline’s second possession of the third quarter for a 34-24 lead, then blocked a Tanner Sigel attempt from close range to trigger the second-half onslaught.

Four Highlanders scored in double figures, with Murray and Patrick Howe leading the way with 12 points. Juniors Max Osborne and Mitch Gehring each chipped in 10 points for Incline.

Alex Potnick made three trifectas and finished with 11 points for Whittell. Sigel, Austin Neil and Blake Heldt-Werle tallied six points for the Warriors.

Whittell (5-11 overall) plays host to Lovelock on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and travels to Sparks on Tuesday.

In the junior varsity game, Whittell outlasted Incline 57-50 in overtime. Marshall Neil netted 16 points and Mark Waite 12 for the Warriors. Incline’s Kyle Reeves toped all scorers with 21 points.

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