Warriors nearly upset Highlanders
Whittell High coach Lindsay Wines saw a basketball team in the third quarter Tuesday that she hasn’t seen very often this season.
The Warriors scored 14 unanswered points in the third period, but the rally fell short as rival Incline escaped Zephyr Cove with a 33-29 Nevada 2A League victory.
“I’m just really pleased with the way they played,” Wines said. “They played with as much heart and desire as I’ve seen in a long time. That third quarter was the best we’ve played all year.”
Incline scored the first four points of the second half to go ahead 24-8, but Whittell responded with a 14-0 run to make it a game.
The Warriors got as close as 26-25, but the Highlanders used an intentional foul and several unproductive Whittell offensive sets to hold off the hosts.
Jessica Fortin led Incline with 14 points, while Ashley Wines and Kaitlin Green each netted eight points for the Warriors.
Whittell, 4-15 overall and 2-6 in the Nevada 2A, plays host to Lovelock in its final home game Friday at 6 p.m. Second-place Incline improved to 6-1 and 9-9.
The Whittell High boys also threatened to upset the Highlanders before bowing 60-52 Tuesday night in Zephyr Cove.
The Warriors outscored Incline 19-10 in the final eight minutes as Jake Summers drained three treys and Danny Shapiro made one. Summers scored a game-high 21 points.
Whittell controlled 6-foot-8 Incline center Kevin Dyess and Matt Baker with a diamond-and-two defense. Dyess, closely defended by Brian Jones, scored 16 points, including 6 of 6 from the foul line. Baker was held to three points by Matt Johnson.
“I told my kids that I’m very proud of them. Incline beat us by 38 the first time we played them,” said WHS coach Brian Mehrer.
Jones and Danny Shapiro each scored nine points for the Warriors, while Chris Shapiro added six.
Nevada 2A leader Incline raised its record to 8-0. Seventh-place Whittell slipped to 2-7 in division play and 3-15 overall.
The Warriors will play their final home game Friday against Lovelock. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
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