School sports from two angles
Warriors record a “quality” win
Whittell High’s boys basketball program is on the right track.
That pronouncement isn’t loaded with conjecture, not after the Warriors’ convincing 63-50 victory over perennial Nevada Class 1A title contender Virginia City on Tuesday night in Zephyr Cove.
Steve Maltase hadn’t beaten the Muckers in his six years in charge of the Warriors until Tuesday and Whittell was still smarting from an 18-point beating in Virginia City earlier this season.
“We were a lot healthier tonight and we had a lot more energy and were able to sustain it for four quarters,” Maltase said. “Virginia City gets after it. This is a quality win for us.”
Whittell, 8-10 overall and 2-1 in Northern Nevada 2A play, trailed 11-2 early in the contest, but sophomore guard Nestor Flores put Whittell back in the game with a pair of threes.
With Flores and Nick Summers concerning Virginia City from the perimeter, Whittell then began taking advantage of Bryan Sigel’s inside game. Sigel equaled a career high with 26 points.
Virginia City pulled within four points on several occasions in the fourth period, but each time the Warriors had an answer.
“We never gave up the lead, and all the credit for that goes to the defense,” said Maltase of his team’s full-court pressure. “I’m pleased we kept those guys at 50. If we keep teams at the 50-point mark we’re in pretty good shape.”
Summers finished with 15 points and Flores had 12. Senior Luke Forvilly only scored two points, but he gave the Warriors strong defensive play with 12 boards and four steals.
Whittell plays host to Hawthorne on Friday and travels to league-leading Tonopah on Saturday.
Fagan’s 21 not enough to stop Muckers
By Steve Yingling
Senior guard Caitlin Fagan accounting for two-thirds of Whittell High’s scoring output against Virginia City on Tuesday night, but she received little help as the Muckers won the nonleague girls basketball game 41-33 in Zephyr Cove.
“We just need to get more girls scoring besides Caitlin. More girls need to shoot the ball,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines.
Fagan netted 21 points, including four 3-balls. Jocelyn Mata contributed six points and three rebounds for Whittell, but the Warriors only had three other scorers with two points.
Still, the Warriors hung with Virginia City until the end. Virginia City led 24-17 at the half, but Whittell held the Muckers to five points in the third quarter and pulled within four in the final period.
But turnovers and some ill-timed fouls kept the Muckers ahead.
“In the second half we really came out playing well,” Wines said. “The kids played hard and aggressive.
Alix Cirac led Virginia City with 13 points.
Whittell, 2-14 overall, welcomes 2A powerhouse Hawthorne to town on Friday night. The Serpents hit for 15 trifectas against Incline on Saturday and lost by only two points to defending Nevada 4A champion Galena during Christmas break, according to Wines.
“They are very potent offensive team, and surely they are going to run a very aggressive press, which is going to cause us a lot of trouble,” Wines said.
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