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Miners’ pressure too much for Warriors

Whittell High’s boys couldn’t weather the defensive storm Manogue brought to Zephyr Cove on Wednesday, falling 64-29 to the visiting Miners.

Whittell had just three field goals in the first half as Manogue swelled its 19-6 lead at the end of the first quarter to 37-14 by halftime, and had more than doubled up Whittell, 58-22 after three.

“They’re a tremendous team, but we didn’t help by throwing the ball to them,” said Warriors head coach Steve Maltase, whose team dropped to 4-6 in Northern Nevada 3A Division II, 5-13 overall with its fourth straight loss.

Manogue dominated the glass and camped in the passing lanes early. They also made Whittell pay dearly for its mistakes. Manogue turned most of Whittell’s 14 first-half turnovers into fast-break points with a fast-moving, opportunistic transition offense.

“Every mistake we made, they capitalized on it,” Maltase said. “They’re a really good team. They’re great in the open court.”

Johnmin Hickey led Manogue with 19 points in limited action, as Manogue head coach Kyle Cerfoglio went to his bench early with the game out of Whittell’s reach. Mike Padgett chipped in 13 more for the Miners, who stayed perfect in league at 10-0, and improved to 22-4 overall.

“Hopefully, with our press, we try to get some turnovers and get some easy baskets, and that happened a little bit early,” Cerfoglio said.

“This is the one place you don’t want to go to,” he said. “I’m just glad to get out of here with a victory.”

Manogue finished the game with nine fewer turnovers – 15-24 – than Whittell, and a 33-21 edge on the boards. And that was after Manogue’s reserves turned the ball over seven times in the fourth quarter, and Whittell’s defensive subs managed to improve their defensive rebounding.

Whittell entered the week looking for two wins in its last three games – all at home – against Manogue on Wednesday, against Hawthorne on Friday, and against Lovelock on Saturday. Wednesday’s loss, coupled with Yerington’s 73-55 upset of once-beaten Lovelock and Dayton’s 60-47 come-from-behind victory over Incline on Wednesday, makes those two games more important.

Yerington now holds the division’s third seed at 5-6, while Whittell and Dayton are tied for the fourth-and-final playoff spot.

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