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Apocotos injured in loss to Dayton

Steve Yingling

Whittell High lost two of three games in the Sutro Classic over the weekend in Dayton. But the Warrior boys basketball team’s biggest loss came in the injury department.

Warriors senior point guard Dusty Apocotos severely sprained an ankle in a 53-40 defeat to Dayton on Saturday night and is expected to miss two to three weeks of play.

“It definitely hurts, but it might be good for the rest of our group to rally around and pick up the slack,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “Maybe some of these juniors can step into his role and make us a stronger team down the road.”



Whittell trailed 14-7 after one period and never recovered.

“We weren’t executing offensively very well and we fouled quite a bit,” Maltase said. “The difference between us and some other teams right now is they played in a fall league and they’re a little bit ahead of us. We’re hoping to improve every day, and hopefully by league we’ll be caught up with everybody and be more organized.”



Warrior senior center James Putnam netted 16 points.

On Friday, Whittell picked up its only victory in the three-day, round-robin tournament with a 68-58 triumph over Smith Valley.

Apocotos, Putnam and Avery Norman combined for 53 points. Apocotos made 13-of-16 free throw attempts to score a team-high 21 points.

“He took over that game,” Maltase said. “Dusty really showed good leadership, made a lot of good passes and took the ball really strong to the basket and drew a lot of fouls.”

Norman scored 17 points, while Putnam delivered 15.

Whittell led by as many as 20 points, but withstood strong third- and fourth-quarter surges by Smith Valley.

Putnam and Apocotos were selected to the seven-player all-tournament team.

The Warriors (2-2) will try to bounce back against the defending state champion Wolverines on Tuesday night in Truckee.

A narrow defeat to Nevada Class A power Smith Valley on Friday night at the Sutro Classic in Dayton was a moral victory as far as Whittell girls basketball coach Lindsay Wines is concerned.

“We played really well that night. We were able to run the offense the way I wanted and the girls showed good composure with the ball,” said Wines about the 47-42 loss.

Sarah Sufka led the Warriors with 16 points and had sufficient scoring support with Aurora Terry netting 10, Caitlin Fagan seven and Nichole Wasson five. Jahna Rico provided rebound punch with seven boards.

However, the Warriors were no match for one of Division II’s favorites, Dayton, on Saturday night. The Warriors were down 14 points before they scored their first basket as the Dust Devils rolled to a 52-23 victory.

“I probably overemphasized the importance of the game and we opened up very flat and it just got worse from there,” Wines said. “Dayton spread out their zone defense and the girls weren’t able to get the shots they were able to the night before.”

Except for Fagan, who scored 15 points.

Sufka and Fagan were selected to the all-tournament team.

Whittell (1-2) travels Thursday to Truckee.

Whittell’s junior varsity girls basketball team split a pair of tournament games Friday at Whittell.

The Warriors edged Smith Valley 26-23 behind Alisha Roth’s six points. Dayton evened the Warriors record at 1-1 with a 49-10 rout.

South Tahoe’s varsity girls lost to Spring Creek 70-41 in the fifth-place game of the Lowry Invitational on Saturday in Winnemucca.

Casey Hydrick had 10 points, while Aly David and Coral Cortez chipped in eight.

The Vikings play host Tuesday to Reed at 7 p.m.

NOTES………

Last time beat by mire than 40 first year and left starters in, we had all subs in full-court pressing us.

first year.

Dayton, we got behind early, weren’t exec off very well. and we fouled quite a bit. It’s ossible, they played three in arow. diff between and us and some other teams right now, they played in fall league team are a litlte bit ahead of us right now. We’re hoping to improve eery day, hopefully by league we’ll be caught up with everboyd and be more organized.

diff between wins and losses are organization and execution.

dayton 53-40

Putnam 16,

Dusty went out midle of fourth quarter.

“It def huurts, it might be good for rest of our grup to rally arond it and pick up the slack. maybe some of these nuniors can step into his role and mkae us a stronger team down the road.

2-2, play Truckee on raod tuesday night, defenidng state champs.

Beat Smith Valley 68-58

Dusty Apocotos 21, Avery Norman 17, James Putnam 15.

Apocoots 13 of 16 from free-throw line

up 22-9 after one, but smitha valley pulled within33-29 at break. Whittell outsocred SV 20-9 in the third quarter.

Apocotos out 2-3 weeks against Dayton with severe ankle sprain, gel cast. sprintin back on defe play and rolled it.

He really showed good leadershp in the game, a lot of good passses and took ball to basket real strong and drew a lot of fouls, 6-8 and 6-4 guys fouled out, He took over that game.

same as ROP, 5 of 6 guys gave us pretty good lead, little better than before, we had quite of few turnovers, forced 28 turnovers.

Nice win, I still relaly think we have lolt of room to improve. It would be nice if we could hold onot leads, led by as many 20.

first win over Smith Valley since Maltase been there.

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