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Whittell building smething special on basketball court

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Jim Grant/ Tahoe Daily Tribune Whittell High School player Jessica Woods jumps into her coach Nathan Tolbert's arms after making a last-second 3-point shot in the regional semifinals last season. Looking on is Kelly Karmann. Both players return for the Warriors this season.

Keep an eye on a girls’ basketball program short on tradition over the next several months.

The Whittell High girls’ basketball team began to create an identity a year ago with its first winning season in two decades. The nucleus of that team returns, giving Nathan Tolbert’s group a chance to accomplish something pretty special in 2005-06.

“I’m very excited for this season,” Tolbert said. “I’m anxious to get started and see what these girls can do. It’s hard to know what these girls can do until they get out there.”

The Warriors open their season against North Tahoe at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Zephyr Cove.

Whittell lost Ariana Rodriguez and Whitney Gielow to graduation but added two promising newcomers in Joan Browne, a junior forward who transferred from Salinas, Calif.; and Jayme Lowe. Lowe played basketball at Whittell as a freshman but didn’t play as a sophomore or junior.

What should really make the Warriors go is the return of Katrina Kacirek, Jessica Woods, Tara Scaduto and Kelly Karmann off last year’s team. Three of the four recently won their third straight state volleyball championship.

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Woods scored a team-high 20 points in a 61-60 Northern 2A regional semifinal defeat to eventual champion Lovelock last year. The Warriors finished the year with a 10-9 record.

There appears to be no shortage of playing time for the talented group.

“Once again I’m short on numbers,” Tolbert said. “I only have nine girls right now. I’m hoping that gets to 10 or 11 depending on how the JV team develops.”

Lowe is one of four seniors on this year’s team. Sarah Ingenluyff, Scaduto and Kacirek are the others.

After opening against North Tahoe on Saturday, the Warriors then play in a Reno tournament starting next Monday. They open the tournament against 3A Truckee at 4:45 p.m. at Wooster High. Tolbert said there are only 3A and 4A schools in the tournament.

Whittell schedule

Date Opponent Time

Saturday N. Tahoe 1:30 p.m.

Monday Truckee at Wooster 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday TBA at Wooster TBA

Wednesday TBA at Hug TBA

Dec. 2-3 Coleville tourney TBA

Dec. 6 At Quincy 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 7 At North Tahoe 6 p.m.

Dec. 13 COLEVILLE 6 p.m.

Dec. 16 At Wooster 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 PYRAMID LAKE 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 2 DOUGLAS 6 p.m.

Jan. 4 QUINCY 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 6 Battle Mtn. 6 p.m.

Jan. 10 At Coleville 6 p.m.

Jan. 13 At Lovelock 6 p.m.

Jan. 14 HAWTHORNE 6 p.m.

Jan. 17 At Silver Stage 6 p.m.

Jan. 27 At Battle Mtn. 6 p.m.

Feb. 3 LOVELOCK 6 p.m.

Feb. 4 Hawthorne 3 p.m.

Feb. 7 SILVER STAGE 6 p.m.

Feb. 16 Northern 2A tourney TBA

Feb. 23 State tournament Reno

Note: Home games are in ALL CAPS.