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Warriors win Coleville tournament

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

In the past, one player has usually carried the Whittell High girls’ basketball team.

With contributions coming from a variety of positions, the Whittell Warriors won something Saturday that the school seldom does – a basketball tournament.

Whittell (2-1) knocked off Gerlach and tournament host Coleville to capture the Coleville Invitational in Coleville.

The Warriors used suffocating team defense and balanced scoring to beat the hosts 43-37 in the finals.

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“We kept our composure,” said Whittell junior Kaitlin Green. “We found out that we can handle the pressure and we wouldn’t collapse.”

Tara Scaduto, Anna Kingman and Ariana Rodriguez each scored seven points to lead offense, while it was the team’s defense that probably brought home the tournament trophy.

“It was a tough defensive game and the better defensive team won,” said Whittell coach Nathan Tolbert.

Rodriguez, a junior, was selected the tournament’s most valuable player and senior Elise Thomas also made the all-tournament team.

Sarah Ingenluyff, a sophomore, gave the Warriors the lead for good by sinking a basket with 1 second left in the first half. Whittell led by as many as 10 points in the second half.

The Warriors advanced to the finals with a 67-21 rout of Gerlach on Friday night. Balanced scoring again was the key as Thomas, Rodriguez and Kaitlin Green each scored 10 points.

“It’s a lot better than having one dominant player. It’s nice that everyone can contribute to the win,” Green said. “I think it’s going to help us in the long run.”

Whittell will play its home opener in a rematch with Coleville on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Vikings sixth in Yerington tourney

South Tahoe High won two of five dual matches to finish sixth in the 12-team Yerington Wrestling Invitational on Saturday in Yerington.

Freshman Mikey Crouse led the Vikings by winning all five of his matches.

The Vikings (3-3) defeated Lovelock 58-18 and Dayton 39-33. Their losses were to Lowry 57-9, Yerington 41-33 and Spring Creek 46-33. The latter match was for fifth place.

South Tahoe will wrestle at Wooster at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Reno.