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WHS Girls finish home tourney undefeated

Joe Proudman
Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – Going into the season, the girls’ basketball team at Whittell High were more than skeptical on potential success for their young team after going to the playoffs last year. In fact the girls would jokingly say they were going to state, but after this weekends undefeated play at the Whittell Winter Invitational, it’s a little less of a joke these days.

“It’s definitely a great boost of confidence and we being a new team, definitely didn’t have much faith in ourselves,” Emily Harris said. “I think zone is definitely less than a joke. Our starting five is definitely working better together.”

The Lady Warriors earned their third victory of the weekend over a familiar foe in Yerington 34-30. Head coach Tom Esposito said it was the first time that the Warriors have beat the Lions during his tenor at Whittell, which has been four years.

“They’ve always been a tough team,” he said. “I think we grew up this weekend.”

“It was really good to know we can beat a team that was above our level that we thought we could play,” Harris said, noting they had a bad loss to Yerington last year. “Definitely good passing and open looks. It was more about the passes than our shots.”

It wasn’t an easy win for the Warriors. They were down 14-7 at the end of one quarter, and went into the half losing 21-18. But another strong third quarter led by Emily and Amanda Harris, who had 12 points between them, put Whittell up 30-28.

“I think we were just totally focused on getting the lead,” Esposito said. “We talk about the third being critical and I think they’re realizing how critical it is.”

Emily finished the game with eight points, and Amanda had 22 points. On the entire weekend Amanda had 61 points. Tori Jimenez and Tatum Frazier had 2 points each against Yerington.

The fourth quarter wasn’t exactly a barn-burner, but the Whittell defense stepped up and held the Yerington to just 2 points, leading to a 34-30 final.

“It’s a big lift for the club. Big confidence for them,” Esposito said. “With these three wins, It’s just a big confidence builder.

“They believe we can compete in league.”

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