Serpents’ Division I prospects shoot down Warriors
Whittell High didn’t anticipate playing against NCAA Division I prospects Sidney Orndorff and Delicia Jernigan into the fourth quarter Friday night.
The Warriors presumed wrong.
Orndorff and Jernigan combined for 51 points, playing in every quarter, in a 90-18 Nevada 2A League romp over the Warriors on Friday night in Zephyr Cove.
“I’m not sure what message was trying to be said,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “We both know who the better team is.”
Hawthorne David Gelmstedt defended his extensive use of his stars because of his short bench. The Serpents have four reserves.
“They play with such intensity, it’s hard for them to back off, ” Gelmstedt said. “A lot of times I don’t want them to, because if they learn to play lazy, they’ll play lazy when you want them to play hard.”
Gelmstedt was surprised by the Warriors’ defensive strategy, which allowed Orndorff to fire in five 3-pointers en route to a season-high 34 points.
“They just set back in that zone and let them shoot threes, which is pretty scary against us,” Gelmstedt said. “We usually don’t try to run it up that high, but Whittell kept giving it back to them pretty easily.”
The Serpents’ thin bench cost the Serpents Orndorff and Jami Harris during the second-half blowout. Both starters twisted their ankles, with Harris’ injury the most severe.
Hawthorne’s Jernigan and Tana Gurule combined for five 3-point baskets, while Ashley Wines drained two.
Jernigan didn’t get her first basket until the 2-minute mark of the first period, giving the Serpents a 12-2 lead. Hawthorne found its offensive rhythm in the second period, outscoring the Warriors 30-4 for a 50-8 halftime lead.
“We’re always ahead by a lot, and we have to play,” Jernigan said. “If we were to sit down and we were up by 30, we really wouldn’t get a lot of playing time.”
During a 42-second stretch late in the half, Jernigan buried a pair of 3-pointers and Orndorff a third, demonstrating the explosiveness that they hope will take them to their fourth successive state title.
“She was hot tonight, man. Whew,” said Jernigan, who scored 31 points in a one-point defeat to Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas last Monday. “I like it when she’s like that because that means I don’t have to do anything.”
Wines led Whittell with six points.
Hawthorne defeated previously unbeaten Incline 58-34 on Saturday in Incline Village to run its record to 19-2, including 6-0 in division play.
The Warriors lost 27-18 at Bishop Manogue on Saturday, struggling to score from the field.
“We were getting shots off, but I don’t think the girls had their legs under them. They were tired,” said Wines, whose team was limited to five field goals. “We just couldn’t get going.”
Whittell is 4-14 overall and 2-5 in Nevada 2A.
Warriors struggle on offense
The Whittell High boys’ basketball team struggled with its offense last weekend as much as the Oakland Raiders did in Super Bowl XXXVII on Sunday.
Whittell was limited to eight field goals in a 44-29 defeat to Hawthorne on Friday night in Zephyr Cove and the Warriors didn’t find much more offense in a 61-33 loss at Battle Mountain on Saturday.
Turnovers are limiting the Warriors’ offensive opportunities and fueling their opponents’ transition game.
The Longhorns used revenge as motivation for their one-sided in dismantling Whittell. After surrendering 29 points to Warrior star Jake Summers in a nine-point loss earlier this season, Battle Mountain focused their attention to Summers on Saturday.
Battle Mountain dogged Summers with a box-and-one defense, shutting out Summers.
“They played a straight -up zone last time, but last night they just dogged him everywhere,” said Whittell coach Brian Mehrer.
Whittell only trailed 19-16 at halftime, but the Longhorns applied full-court pressure in the third quarter to pull away.
“We had a few turnovers and got down and just couldn’t get back,” Mehrer said.
Summers was Whittell’s offense against the Serpents, scoring 11 of the team’s 13 first-half points. Despite his dead eye from beyond the arc — three treys — the Serpents built a 24-13 halftime lead.
A five-point possession — three by Summers and two by Brian Jones — enabled the Warriors to pull within 27-18 with 4:51 left in the third quarter. But the Serpents used a balanced attack, with four players scoring seven points or more, to steadily increase their edge.
Whittell played the final quarter without Summers, who was sent into the locker room by Mehrer after losing his composure after the conclusion of the third period.
Despite the two Nevada 2A League losses, the Warriors held onto the league’s final postseason berth. Whittell is sixth at 2-6 heading into Tuesday’s home game against league-leading Incline.
FRIDAY’S PREP SCORING SUMS
HAWTHORNE 90, WHITTELL 18
Gurule 5, 2-2, 14; Orndorff 13, 3-4, 34; Jernigan 7, 0-1, 17; Bokta 2, 0-0, 4; Harris 2, 1-4, 5; Convis 3, 1-2, 7; Koscinski 1, 5-6, 7; No. 31 1, 0-0, 2. Totals 34, 12-19, 90.
Wines 2, 0-0, 6; Brinkley 2, 0-3, 4; Gielow 0, 2-2, 2; Rodriguez 1, 0-0, 2; Kingman 1, 0-0, 2; Peterson 1, 0-0, 2. Totals 7, 2-5, 18.
Hawthorne 20 30 22 18 — 90
Whittell 4 4 2 8 — 18
Three-point field goals: Orndorff 5, Jernigan 3, Gurule 2; Wines 2. Fouled out: Brinkley.
HAWTHORNE 44, WHITTELL 29
Reno 5, 0-0, 12; Summerbell 1, 0-0, 2; White 4, 0-0, 8; Gozaway 1, 0-0, 3; Lawson 3, 1-2, 7; Radley 4, 0-0, 9; Waggoner 0, 1-4, 1; Harvey 1, 0-0, 2. Totals 19, 2-6, 44.
Lowe 0, 3-4, 3; C. Shapiro 1, 1-4, 3; Vogt 0, 0-2, 0; Summers 5, 3-4, 16; Jones 2, 1-3, 5; Esquivel 1, 0-0, 2. Totals 9, 8-17, 29.
Hawthorne 12 11 12 9 — 44
Whittell 3 10 10 6 — 29
Three-point goals: Renton 2, Gozaway, Radley; Summers 3.
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