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Foul shooting, turnovers cost Whittell

Steve Yingling

Whittell didn’t quite have an answer for one of the Nevada 3A’s top teams on Tuesday night, but Warriors’ coach Nathan Tolbert got some answers about his team’s resiliency.

The Warriors fought back from a 17-point deficit after three quarters to lose to Truckee 59-50 in a In A Zone Tournament first-round girls’ basketball game at Wooster High School in Reno.

“We didn’t quit,” Tolbert said. “It was good lesson, and I’m not disappointed. This is only going to make us better.

“I don’t think anybody in our league is going to play the way Truckee did.”

Whittell hurt its chances by missing 16 of 24 foul shots and a slew of turnovers created by Truckee’s pressure defense.

“Right there was our game,” Tolbert said. “We’re normally 65 to 70 percent free throw shooters.”

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Katrina Kacirek led the Warriors with 16 points, 12 rebounds, six steals, one block and only one turnover. Jessica Woods contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Kelly Karmann also provided an inside presence, pulling down 12 rebounds and contributing six points.

Whittell (1-1) will continue tournament play against either Wooster or Fernley at 4:45 p.m. today at Wooster.