Warrior boys shake off slow start, drub Virginia City
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — Whittell won its fourth straight basketball game Friday night, thrashing its rival Virginia City in front of a home crowd.
Trent Dingman scored 19 points and Dylan Wade and Zack Johns each added 17 points as the Warriors shook off a slow start before pulling away.
The young Muckers nearly kept up with the Warriors through the first eight minutes (12-10) but the second period was all Whittell.
The Warriors went on a 28-10 run to lead 40-20 at halftime.
“Once again, we started slow against a team we allowed to stay with us because of playing with no energy,” said Whittell head coach Phil Bryant. “These guys get a little shot happy at times and don’t move the ball like they need to but I trust them so I don’t make many adjustments. We did have a nice sideline discussion to solve the energy problem.
“VC is down some this year and (coach) Clint (Hess) has them working hard but they are really suffering inexperience issues,” Bryant added. “They will be much better in the second round. The best thing about the VC games was the sportsmanship between all the players. It was absolutely the best with all four teams since the day I arrived at Whittell. ”
Dingman added six rebounds to lead the team, Wade grabbed five boards, drained five 3-pointers and made eight steals and Johns added four assists and four steals.
Whittell senior Isaiah Womack scored eight points, dished nine assists, made five steals and hauled in four boards. Womack is averaging about six assists per game.
His sophomore brother Malachi Womack pitched a co-team-high six rebounds and scored four points.
“Trent played a strong game and has improved his rebounding,” Bryant said. “Dylan was Dylan and hit the 3’s from the corner. Isaiah and Zack always do their things and Malachi, although a sophomore, always has something to say about what we are doing and how we are doing it. He does his job and places his expectations on everyone else. I love all these guys for the individuals and team they are. We are still trying to settle on our depth from six through nine but it has been tough to determine who is where. That is a big concern as we continue through the remaining league games.”
Whittell (14-1, 3-1 1A West League) is tied for second place in league with Tuesday’s opponent Sage Ridge (5-6, 3-1 West) and both teams are one game behind Sierra Lutheran (13-4, 4-0 West).
Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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