Pressure gets to Whittell girls
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (TDT) – With a three game win streak under their belts, the Whittell Warriors let the game get away from them on Tuesday night against Coleville. A double digit third quarter by the Wolves, compared to Whittell’s two points, led to 37-28 loss.
“It was an ugly game,” head coach Tom Esposito said. “The girls felt the (full-court) pressure was to big for them.
“They’ve never seen it before and couldn’t break it.”
But Esposito said the pressure shouldn’t have been a factor.
“I think we were just flat,” he said. “I just think we were flat and it had to be the big weekend.”
The Warriors play three games between Friday and Saturday, winning all three and coming from behind in two of them.
On Tuesday though, the full-court pressure led to a rough first half against the visiting Coleville team. The Warriors had 37 turnovers in the game, and Whittell was limited to only three points in the first quarter. But with all of the issues the Warriors had, they went into the break up 14-9.
After being able to only muster their initial three points, the Warriors scored 11 in the second. The double-digit spark was provided by Harris who scored on back-to-back lay ups, followed by Gisselle Benitez with a basket off the glass to tie the game. Harris then made two free throws, with Kendal Ferris making another free throw. Emily Harris put up the rebound on Ferris’ missed second free throw to go into the half leading.
“We went in at half time feeling good,” Esposito said. “We came out and immediately made three or four turnovers.
“That started the trend of more turnovers.”
Things went from bad to worse in the second half. The Wolves went on a 10-0 run to start the third stanza, and Whittell didn’t score a basket in the second half till 30 seconds left in the third quarter. The Wolves were leading 19-16 at that point, and their lead got only bigger. Coleville outscored the Warriors 28-14 in the second half.
“We had the height over them,” Esposito said. “We didn’t post up as much as we should have.”
Leading the Warriors on the night was Amanda Harris with 17 points. Her sister Emily was next with 8 points. Kendal Ferris had one point, and Benitez had 2 points.
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