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Whittell Lady Warriors advance to regional finals in basketball tourney

WINNEMUCCA ” None of the Whittell High School Warriors were alive the last time the school qualified for the Nevada State Girls Basketball Tournament.

That dubious dry spell for the school ended Friday as Whittell defeated Lovelock 51-48 in the Northern 2A League Semifinals at the Winnemucca Indoor Events Center on Friday.

Clutch foul-shooting by senior Tara Scaduto and lock-down defense by Sarah Ingenluyff and Brittney Makara enabled Whittell to qualify for state for the first time in 21 years.

Scaduto sank 9 of 13 free throws, including 3 in the final 40 seconds as Whittell held off a late Lovelock rally.

Ingenluyff and Makara prevented Lovelock’s star Krystal Glass from dictating the game as she had in the past.

Glass, who scored 28 points in last year’s regional semifinal win over Whittell, was held to four points on 1 of 10 shooting.

Jessica Woods led Whittell with 16 points, followed by 11 from Scaduto.

“Goal number 1 was to beat Lovelock and everybody is happy and proud,” Whittell Coach Nathan Tolbert said. “They all played well and I’m just so proud of them.”

Whittell, (17-7) will play either Battle Mountain or Silver Stage in the regional finals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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