Slow start costs Whittell girls b-ball against Bishop
ZEPHYR COVE — The Whittell girls basketball team came out slow against Bishop (Calif.) on Thursday night — and it led to a loss. The Warriors were beaten by the Broncos 57-32 at the Whittell Invitational Tournament, falling behind by 21 points at halftime en route to a third straight defeat.
“If you don’t come out with intensity from the beginning, the other team picks up on it — and that’s what they did,” Warriors head coach Tom Esposito said. “They capitalized on our casualness.”
Whittell (2-4) fell behind by four points shortly after tipoff, and trailed 12-6 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Bishop (4-1) broke the game open.
After Warriors guard Samantha Forvilly hit a jumper for the first points of the second quarter, the Broncos responded with a 10-1 run to take a 13-point lead. Bishop opened up a 32-11 advantage by halftime, with many of those points coming on uncontested shots inside.
“Our defense was nonexistent,” Esposito said. “It was a casual defense and we just took it too casually.”
After the break, both teams played more evenly — but Whittell’s flat first half created too much of a deficit to overcome. Bishop’s 25-point win was its most decisive of the season.
“We picked it up in the second half, but there was no way of catching up,” Esposito said.
Forvilly led Whittell with 13 points in the loss — including 10 in the second half. Guard Daria Sharon also finished in double figures, adding 10.
For Bishop, guard Topah Scherer scored a game-high 16 points and guard Maria Jimenez added 11. Three Broncos players scored eight points apiece as part of a balanced attack.
Whittell returned to action Friday at the Whittell Invitational, and wraps up tournament play Saturday — opponents and times are to be determined as a result Thursday’s power outages. The Warriors host crosstown rival South Tahoe on Monday at 6 p.m.