Stall strategy backfires on Dayton
Dayton High tried to take the air out of the basketball against Whittell at crunch time Saturday night, but only succeeded in taking the air out of its offense.
The Dust Devils nearly held the ball for the final 4 minutes of regulation play and then went scoreless in overtime as Whittell pulled out a 48-45 Nevada 3A Division II boys basketball victory in Dayton.
Trent Gordon stepped up and made a huge defensive play when Dayton came out of its stall, taking a charging foul with seven seconds remaining in regulation play.
“It kind of backfired on them,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “And then in overtime we decided to go full-out man-to-man.”
Avery Norman’s 17-foot jump shot from the corner missed the mark with two seconds left, leaving the teams tied at 45.
Whittell dictated the overtime, scoring three points on Todd Echan’s baseline driving layup and free throw.
The Warriors kept the ball away from Dayton during the final 30 seconds of the extra period, depriving the home team from launching a potentiaal game-tying 3-pointer.
“It was a good win for us. Going into the week we were hoping for a split and we didn’t care how we got it,” said Maltase, whose club is 1-1 after two division road games.
Neither team seized control earlier in the game, as Whittell led 29-28 at intermission and Dayton led 43-42 after three periods.
Matt Wiggins gave Whittell a big lift off the bench, burying three treys en route to a team-high 13 points. Norman scored 12 points and Echan added nine.
Whittell, 5-7 overall, can improve its division standing when it entertains Yerington at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Zephyr Cove.
Dayton rolls over Warrior girls
When the shots aren’t dropping, it’s not a good time to play one of your division’s best teams.
Whittell was in that boat on Saturday night in Dayton, as the Dust Devils nearly kept the Warriors out of double figures in the 54-11 route.
“My girls try real hard. They get a steal and they come downcourt, but we don’t get enough shot opportunities,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “We either throw the ball away or there are no offensive boards.”
Caitlin Fagan and Courtney Benvenuto topped Whittell with four points apiece, while Ashley Berns grabbed five of her team’s 12 defensive boards.
“Ashley really played good defense for us,” Wines said. “We knew coming in we’d have to stop Jennifer Dillie. Dillie scored 18 points, but when Ashley was on her, I think she did a good job on her.”
Whittell, 0-10 overall and 0-2 in division, plays host to Yerington at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Wines was pleased with her junior varsity’s effort in a 40-22 setback to Dayton on Saturday.
“It was one of the best performances by one of our JV teams at Dayton in many, many years,” said Wines, whose Warriors only trailed by six points at halftime.
Ashley Wines scored 10 points to lead the Warriors, while Jackie Laurian tossed in six.
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