Scoring woes frustrate Warriors in 2A opener
The Whittell High girls basketball team returned home to open its Nevada 2A basketball league schedule against the Tonopah Muckers on Friday night.
But the visiting team proved to be too much for the hometown Warriors as Tonopah defeated Whittell, 39-25.
Although the Warriors were forced to play from behind for the entire game, they were within striking distance for most of the game before suffering a devastating fourth quarter in which they scored only three points, letting the Muckers pull away.
“This one hurts because it was one we could have won,” Warrior coach Lindsay Wines said. “We’re capable of playing better than we did.”
Whittell was down only one point after the first quarter as Caitlin Fagan scored four of the Warriors’ seven points in the opening period. But Tonopah began to open up the game in the second quarter, extending the lead to 23-14 at the break.
After intermission, the Warriors came out with a renewed effort and kept the deficit at nine points after three quarters. Whittell could have even closed the difference if some of its shots found the bottom of the nets.
The Warriors defense kept them in the game for the first three periods, but the Muckers began to pull away.
“This was the best game we’ve played all season,” Tonopah coach Russ Olin said. “This win is going to fire us up for the rest of league.”
Fagan and Alisha Roth did all they could to keep the Warriors in the game. The pair of seniors increased their defensive play toward the end of the game, coming up with steals but couldn’t convert them into points at the other end.
“Caitlin played her butt off tonight,” Wines said. “There were times when we had all five girls playing their butts off, but there were other times where players took plays off.”
Fagan paced the Warriors with 11 points, while sophomore Ashley Wines added four.
Next up for the Warriors is a trip to Virginia City on Tuesday before returning to Warrior Gym on Friday against Lovelock.
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