Lady Warriors rout Pyramid Lake |

Lady Warriors rout Pyramid Lake

Joe Proudman
Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – The Whittell girls’ basketball team got off to a hot start at the Whittell Winter Invitational, beating Pyramid Lake 48-16 on Friday night.

“Our first string played really well. They’re getting to know each other,” head coach Tom Esposito. “I thought we played organized ball tonight.”

The Lady Warriors ended the first half with a 29-7 lead over the Lakers, after jumping out to a 19-1 lead in the first quarter, that saw no fouls on Whittell.

“I think putting the full court press in the first quarter is what dictated the game,” Esposito said. “We got mostly turnovers off that press.”

The Warriors were led by Emily and Amanda Harris on the night, who both finished with 19 points. The two sisters actually had all the points in the second half.

“There was no answer for them,” Esposito said. “They can dominate a game.”

“We work really well together,” Emily Harris said about her and her sister. “And we were able to read their passes really well and intercept the ball.”

Every player got playing time, with the bench coming in to start the second quarter, then playing most of the fourth.

The Warriors went into the game without much confidence after a bad showing at their last tournament.

“I was really proud of us. This game we scored more points than we did the entire Live Oak Tournament,” Emily Harris said. “We were expecting not to lose as badly like in the previous tournaments.

“We weren’t expecting we would come out that far ahead.”

But with this win, the Lady Warriors should have a bit more confidence according to Esposito.

“It’s huge. Even though it was somewhat of a blow out, the win was huge because we realize we can score 40 points,” he said. “It’s really a boost because they know they can put it in the basket.”

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