Warriors shoot themselve out of the game
In foul-ridden contest Saturday night, the Whittell Warrior girls basketball team fell to the Incline Highlanders, 44-33.
The officials called a total of 60 fouls, Incline was whistled for 27 infractions, while the Warriors were called for 33 fouls.
“The officiating was very equal,” Warrior coach Lindsey Wines said. “We just couldn’t capitalize at the line.”
The Highlanders were so saddled with fouls that they finished with only three players on the court, and were forced to play the final five minutes with only four players.
But it was the Warriors’ inept shooting from the free-throw line that was their undoing. Whittell managed only 16 of 38 from the charity stripe in the loss.
“This is one of the most disappointing losses in my career,” Wines said. “We knew how important it was and weren’t able to step it up.”
Whittell had its own foul trouble as well as four Warriors were disqualified. Ashley Berns, Ashley Wines, Alisha Roth and Jocelyn Mata all had to watch the end of the game from the bench.
Coupled with the poor shooting from the floor, the Warriors weren’t able to overcome an early deficit. Whittell went scoreless from the floor in the second quarter en route to only making six field goals the entire contest.
Senior Caitlin Fagan led the way with 15 points, but it was the aggressive play of Emily Bowman that kept the Warriors in the game.
The senior scored only three points, but had eight rebounds in the game, five on the defensive end and three offensive.
“This was by far the best game she’s had,” Wines said. “She played with an aggressive attitude that hasn’t been there in the past.”
Stephanie Evans led the way with 11 rebounds for the Warriors.
Next up for Whittell is a home game against Virginia City on Tuesday at 6 p.m., before hosting Hawthorne on Friday and heading to Tonopah on Saturday.
IHS 12 9 13 11 – 44
WHS 7 7 7 12 – 33
IHS – Clark 7, Forntin 15, O’Connor 0, Webber 6, Eddy 10, Fuetsch 8; WHS – Wines 2, Evans 2, Berns 5, Bowman 3, Fagan 15, Roth 2, Hayes 1, Mata 1.
FT – WHS 16-38, IHS 30-44.
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