Longhorns embarrass WHS in league opener
The Whittell High girls’ basketball team entered Friday night’s Northern 2A opener at Battle Mountain feeling good about itself.
The Warriors brought a 12-1 record into the game and were ranked ninth in Northern Nevada, regardless of classification. They saw the game as an opportunity to knock off the defending league champions and establish themselves as a legitimate title contender.
The Longhorns, though, showed why they still might be the team to beat.
Playing without its leading scorer Katrina Kacirek, who injured her knee last week, Whittell lost 79-37. The game resulted in the Warriors having to deal with just their second loss of the season and a bruised ego.
“We embarrassed ourselves and walked away feeling low,” said WHS coach Nathan Tolbert. “I guarantee this experience never happens again. This was our wake-up call.”
Without Kacirek against Battle Mountain (11-6 overall, 2-0 league), the Warriors had nowhere to turn.
Jessica Woods had nine points and 12 rebounds, while Kendra Koskin added eight points and 10 rebounds. Megan Esquivel chipped in with a team-high 12 points and Sarah Ingenluyff had six points for Whittell (12-2, 0-1).
Arantxa Kovis was the surprise scoring leader for the Longhorns with 28 points. Tera Tremayne made five second-half three-pointers and finished with 23 points.
“They were very polished and played very well,” Tolbert said.
The Warriors committed 34 turnovers – 17.5 above their season average – and came up short of their season scoring average of 52 points per game. With four games this week, including two league games, Tolbert think his team will refocus.
However, he pointed out that Kacirek is out indefinitely as the extent of her injury is unknown.
“We will step up our intensity at practice and work harder on the floor,” Tolbert said. “When we get everyone healthy and are mentally ready to play, this will be a great team.”
Whittell plays at 1A Coleville on Tuesday and hosts 1A Pyramid Lake on Wednesday. The Warriors continue league on Friday with a game at Lovelock and then host Hawthorne on Saturday in Zephyr Cove.
STHS boys third in Nordic race
The Vikings’ Greg Koeck turned in the third-best individual performance at the Auburn Relays on Friday to help South Tahoe place third as a team at the season-opening race on the North Shore.
Koeck raced the third leg and finished it 5 minutes, 46.6 seconds, about 10 seconds slower than the first-place finisher. The team of Koeck, Jeff Meagher and Connor Alexander completed the race in 18:39.1, about two minutes behind a Truckee team that took first in a time of 17:28.3.
Meagher raced the first leg and finished 10th as an individual with a time of 6:19.8, while Alexander completed the second leg in 6:33.2.
In the girls’ race, South Tahoe’s Mary Kurek, Kate Lambdin and Kayla Hudson placed 10th in the team standings with a time of 26:10. Lambdin, who was racing in her first competition, finished with a team-best time of 8:41.9.
Battle Mountain boys dominate WHS
Jeff Young scored a team-high 15 points and Chris Craig added eight points for the Warriors, whose lack of size hurt them in a 71-30 Northern 2A road loss to Battle Mountain on Friday night.
The Longhorns (9-5 overall, 3-0 league) led 34-14 at halftime and attempted 27 free throws compared to Whittell’s 11. In addition to the free throw advantage, the Longhorns dominated a Whittell team whose tallest player is 5-foot-11.
“The free throws didn’t really matter, but our size is going to hurt us big-time all season,” said WHS coach Dennis Young. “It wasn’t like we played bad. It’s just that Battle Mountain would get two or three chances on offense, then we would get one chance and that was it.”
Whittell (2-9, 0-1) plays at 1A Coleville on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., then hosts 1A Pyramid Lake on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors continue league play with a game at Lovelock on Friday and host Hawthorne on Saturday. Both league games start at 7:30 p.m.
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