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Highlanders hand Warriors first loss

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The Incline High girls’ basketball team used what Coleville discovered was most effective on Tuesday night in Zephyr Cove, implementing a full-court press that disrupted Whittell. The only difference was the Highlanders pressed the entire game.

The Warriors just didn’t have an answer for the pressure as Incline beat Whittell 42-24 in a nonleague game on Thursday night in Incline Village. Tierney McKool was the lone player in double figures for the Warriors, totaling 14 points and shooting 4 of 5 from the foul line.

“We weren’t prepared to face what they gave us, so I guess I can take the blame for that,” said WHS coach Nathan Tolbert. “We are just taking baby steps right now. Other teams are taking much bigger steps than we are.”

Whittell (3-1) finished the game on a 13-2 run, sparked by a 3-pointer from Gosia Skwarlinska. Brittney Makara was the Warriors’ next leading scorer with four points.

Kendra Koskin and Isabel Concha-Foley, who combined for 18 points in a 53-48 win over Coleville, were held to a combined one point against Incline.

“I expected us to take our lumps early in the season,” Tolbert said. “But when we put our starters back into the game late in the fourth quarter, we were able to outscore them, which is important because we play them again next week.”

Whittell hosts Virginia City in a nonleague game on Friday at 6, then will host a fundraiser event scheduled for Saturday between 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Kahle Community Center.

Shots don’t fall for Vikings

A difficult shooting quarter doomed the South Tahoe High girls’ basketball team in its Winter Classic opener on Thursday in Sparks.

The Vikings struggled to make two of 17 field goal attempts during the second quarter of a 50-22 defeat to host Spanish Springs.

“And they were good shots,” said STHS assistant coach Andy Braun.

Alexis Nunes-Fenley led the Vikings with nine points, while Tess Braun tossed in four.

Jessie Hallard recorded two blocks for the Vikings.

“Our man to man defense is coming along. They are starting to get the switches and deny help-side man to the basket,” Braun said.

Next up for the Vikings is Friday’s 4:30 p.m matchup against Spring Creek at Spanish Springs.

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