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Sufka’s 21 points leads Lady Warriors

David Gignilliat

The Whittell High girls basketball team fell victim to a 15-4 run late in the second quarter, proving to be the decisive stretch in the Warriors’ 64-43 loss to Yerington at home Wednesday night.

“If we could have kept it closer at halftime, I think it would have been a completely different game,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines.

The Warriors (6-15 overall, 1-7 in division) trailed 27-21 with a little over two minutes remaining but succumbed to Yerington’s aggressive full-court pressure. The Lions (14-8 overall, 5-4 in division) converted a number of steals into transition scores for a 42-25 halftime lead.

The Warriors kept their heads up in the second half but could not cut significantly into the Yerington bulge.

“The girls reacted positively to what was said in the locker room at halftime,” said Wines, now in her eighth season at the helm. “But Yerington came out and scored the first few baskets of the third quarter. That made the lead hard to overcome for us.”

Guard Sarah Sufka led Whittell with 21 points.

The Warriors showed some resiliency in the fourth quarter, holding the Lions to four points to make the final margin closer.

“They’re a real tough team,” said Warriors guard Aurora Terry. “We played them so much better than we did earlier in the season. We have nothing to be ashamed about.”

Whittell’s scheduled quadrupleheader with Lovelock on Saturday has been postponed until Feb. 13 because of the death of a Lovelock coach’s family member.

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