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Lady Warriors halt 30-game league dryspell

Michael Traum

Score one for the Lady Warriors.

Whittell High’s girls basketball team beat Manogue, 39-35, on Tuesday in Reno. The win ended a 30-game league losing streak for the Warriors (2-14, 1-6 league) and was the first win for Whittell over the Miners in at least six years.

“We had to calm the girls down so they could shake hands,” said six-year Warrior coach Lindsay Wines, whose team hadn’t won a game in Northern Nevada league play since the 1994-95 season. “We talked about being the little ember in the forest. If the fireman forgets about it, it’ll grow into a raging inferno. I’m very proud of these girls.”

The Warriors found themselves down 14-12 after the first half. But on the heels of senior Aurora Terry’s team-high 14 points and seven rebounds and a solid zone defense, Whittell battled back to a 23-23 tie after three periods.

“Our defense was the big difference. We ran a 2-3 (zone) because they killed us on the inside last time,” said Wines, whose Warriors were beat by Manogue, 61-38, earlier in the season.

Still, Whittell found itself trailing by six points in the fourth quarter. But the girls battled back, making 10 foul shots in the frame, to seal the win.

“My girls came back. They showed composure at the end. It was the high point of the season,” Wines said. “I don’t really know what the difference was. This is the way we knew we could play. We think we can win three of our last six games.”

Amber Weiss added 12 points and five rebounds, while Jen Miles had five points, four assists and 10 boards. Sarah Sufka tallied two points and five assists.

The Warriors will look to keep the new streak alive when they host Incline on Friday in Zephyr Cove.

South Tahoe High’s boys basketball team ran past an outmanned Wooster club, 86-71, on Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.

The Colts suited up just six players due to illness and quitting the team. The Vikes (21-4, 10-0 league) took advantage, opening up a 21-8 first quarter lead and 20-point-plus halftime advantage.

The pesky Colts didn’t flee the barn, though, as 22 Viking turnovers kept the visitors close.

Alan Case finished with a team-best 20 points and seven boards. Casey Dowling had 16 points and six points, while Travis McCollum had 11 points and seven boards. Aaron Buckman had 12 points, Greg Bruso eight and Emilio Beaver six with five rebounds.

The junior varsity boys remained hot as well, downing Wooster, 74-41. Tim Sprinkles hit for 21 points, while Norm Cabanero added 19 with four three-pointers, as Tahoe moved to 18-4, 7-1 league.

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