Warriors get antsy with additional delay
As far as the Whittell High Warriors are concerned, they have had enough time to enjoy their four-game winning streak.
The winter’s biggest snowstorm wiped out the Whittell boys basketball team’s scheduled visit to Nevada 3A Division II co-leader Manogue on Tuesday.
Whittell’s girls basketball game with Manogue was also postponed along with the South Tahoe-Reno games. The Whittell and Manogue games have been rescheduled for today at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, while STHS and Reno only intend to make up their varsity games today: girls at 5:15 p.m. and boys at 7 p.m.
Six days without a game has created scheduling havoc for the Warrior boys in the regular season’s final week. Playoff hopeful Whittell, 10-11 overall and 5-4 in Division II, must now play three games in four days.
“We were ready to go (Tuesday). It’s just frustrating. Every time we turn around there’s a different hurdle,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “It’s definitely a disadvantage to us and Incline not having school and practice, while Dayton and everybody else it’s business as usual. We’ll see how tough we are.”
Following their tentative makeup game with the Miners today at 7:30 p.m., the Warriors are scheduled to play at Hawthorne on Friday and host Lovelock on Saturday night. The latter game was originally scheduled for Feb. 6, but was delayed because of a death in the family of a Lovelock coach.
However, if classes are canceled today at Whittell, that will require pushing back the Manogue game at least a day or maybe even into next week.
Whittell, currently in fifth place, probably needs to win at least two of its remaining games to qualify for the four-team division tournament. Manogue and Incline are tied for first place with 8-2 records, Dayton and Hawthorne occupy third place at 6-4 and fifth-place Whittell in hot pursuit at 5-4.
“They’re definitely excited and still pretty focused, which is nice for this late in the season. They feel if they don’t make the playoffs, it’s going to be a big disappointment,” Maltase said.
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