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Mustangs bring pressure against Warriors

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

There may not be a right time to play the Lovelock Mustangs’ girls’ basketball program this season.

After all, the Mustangs have crafted an 18-1 record and are riding an eight-game winning streak.

The Whittell High Warriors ran into surging Lovelock on Saturday in Zephyr Cove and were unable to deal with the Mustangs’ variety of pressure defenses in a 60-32 Northern 2A League defeat.

The Mustangs (18-1 overall, 2-0 league) threw full-court and three-quarter-court presses and a half-court trap at the Warriors.

“We just wore down,” said Whittell coach Tom Esposito. “They just pressured us the whole way.”

Esposito’s team has been fighting a passel of injuries. The team’s injury list grew larger near the end of Saturday’s game when junior guard Lea Manzano-Torres suffered a severe ankle injury. The second-year Whittell coach is hopeful that sophomore Nina Jimenez (ankle) will rejoin the team this week.

Whittell senior post Isabel Concha-Foley recorded her ninth double-double of the season by posting 18 points and 12 rebounds.

“We wanted to win for her,” said Esposito, whose star center was celebrating her 18th birthday Saturday. “They were collapsing on her, and she was able to kick it out and get some shots after reposting.”

Senior point guard Gabriella Tracy was the beneficiary of the kick-outs as she made two three-point baskets and finished with eight points.

Whittell (0-2 league) plays host to Battle Mountain on Saturday at 2 p.m.


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