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WHS girls rally back for win

Joe Proudman
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ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – The Whittell girls went into the midway break down 22-15, after a sluggish first half. But the Lady Warriors responded with a 20-6 third quarter that led to a 42-40 win over Kippking on Saturday morning.

“We were down by seven at half time and we talked about who ever comes out in the the third quarter and controls the ball game is going to win,” said head coach Tom Esposito. “And we scored 20 points.”

“I definitely think we came out thinking we definitely had a chance to win the game,” Amanda Harris said. “And we used that drie to play our first game.”

That third quarter was led by Emily and Amanda Harris, who each had six points in the third stanza. Emily ended the game with 12 points, while Amanda led the team with 20 points on the morning. Tori Jimenez had six points, while Gisselle Benitez and Jenny Shepack had 2 points.

It was an intense game, especially given the 9 a.m. start time, with both teams playing physical.

“It fired them up big,” said Esposito. “When they get pushed around, they don’t back down, they get firey.”

Though the Warriors went into the fourth quarter up 35-28, Kippking fought back behind Sydnie Thomas, who had eight points in the fourth, to tie the game at 40-40 with less than two minutes left in the game. With just under a minute, Emily Harris went to the line, but missed both. She redeemed herself though with a steal on the next play, that led to a Jimenez basket and the 42-40 lead. With 22 seconds left, Benitez stole the ball and the Warriors held it till time expired.

“It was probably the best game we’ve played all year without a doubt,” Amanda said. “

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