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Chaplin sets Whittell scoring mark, Warriors boys b-ball beats Sierra Lutheran 63-35

Anthony Gentile
agentile@tahoedailytribune.com
Whittell senior Palmer Chaplin goes up for a layup in the Warriors’ Div. IV West League contest at Sierra Lutheran on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Chaplin set the school’s career scoring mark in the victory courtesy of a 33-point performance.
Courtesy / Boyd Dangtongdee |

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Whittell boys basketball program has a new name atop its record books. Senior Palmer Chaplin set the school’s career scoring record on Tuesday, Jan. 5, finishing with 33 points in the Warriors’ 63-35 win at Sierra Lutheran.

Chaplin’s season-best output broke the record of 1,539 previously held by Jim Summers. The Cal Lutheran-bound guard has scored 1,557 career points with league play and the postseason still left in his senior campaign.

“Palmer has worked hard, and although individual records are not as important to him as team wins, he takes great pride in this accomplishment and owes a great deal to his teammates for his success,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said.

Whittell (8-2, 1-0 IV West) needed Chaplin’s performance — including 21 second-half points — to shake the Falcons after a slow start in its league opener. The Warriors were tied with Sierra Lutheran (2-12, 0-1) after the first quarter and had a 26-20 lead at halftime in their first contest in more than three weeks.

“Palmer takes great pride in this accomplishment and owes a great deal to his teammates for his success.”Phil BryantWarriors head coach

“We looked like it had been three weeks since we played a game, and many of our players had long layoffs over the holidays with family trips and time away from the gym,” Bryant said. “We started slow and Sierra Lutheran was hot.”

The Warriors extended their lead to 10 points after a defensive third quarter, and put Sierra Lutheran away with a 28-10 advantage in the fourth. Chaplin took the game over after halftime, shooting 5-for-6 from 3-point range while handing out four of his nine assists.

“He played as good a half as he ever has in breaking the record,” Bryant said.

Whittell played Tuesday’s game without senior Quinn Kixmiller, who sat out with a sore ankle. Sophomore Troy Libert started in his place inside, and finished with eight points and seven rebounds — junior Dismas Womack added 10 points and six boards.

“We better get back to where we need to be soon,” Bryant said, “or we will be ripe for an upset in a league where we are the favorite.”

The Warriors return to action Friday, Jan. 8, at Excel Christian. Whittell plays at home the following night against Smith Valley — tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

WARRIORS’ JV ROLLS IN LEAGUE OPENER

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Whittell junior varsity boys basketball team opened its league campaign with a decisive victory at Sierra Lutheran on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The Warriors’ beat the Falcons by 28 points, fueled in the win by full-court pressure and transition offense.

Junior Josh Burch led the Warriors with 16 points in the victory, sophomore Connor Huber finished with 13 and sophomore Genaro Mena added 10. Defensively against the Falcons, Whittell was keyed by Mena and freshman Isaiah Womack’s speed in presses and quick reactions on the back line.


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