Warriors struggle with shooting
Maybe Whittell High administrators should turn up the temperature setting in the school’s gymnasium.
It couldn’t hurt, considering how cold the Lady Warriors were from the field in a 48-29 loss girls Nevada 3A Division II basketball loss to Manogue on Saturday night in Zephyr Cove.
“Aurora (Terry) and Sarah (Sufka) are kind of struggling from the field right now. But you have to give credit to Manogue’s man defense,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines of the Miners, who limited the Warriors to eight field goals, including a shutout in the second period.
After Sufka used a friendly roll off the front rim and backboard to drain a 15-foot with 12 seconds left in the opening quarter, the Warriors didn’t score again until Sufka tossed in a 6-footer with 6:54 left in the third period. During the offensive drought, the guests outscored the Warriors 16-0, turning a 12-5 lead into an insurmountable 28-5 advantage.
“We were having trouble getting the ball past half court. We need to start working more on the inside-out game, getting it inside and dishing it back out. That will come because the girls inside are starting to gain confidence and become more of a factor for us,” said Wines, praising Vanessa Brewer, Jaime Borge and Danielle Cronis.
However, the Warriors were much more competitive in the second half, losing the final 16 minutes 26-24.
“I really give them a lot of praise for doing that the past two nights. The first half has been kind of ugly, but the kids really pulled together, played hard and didn’t give up,” Wines said.
The Warriors (4-10 overall and 0-3 in division) were 2 of 27 from the field in the first half and 8 of 44 overall. Thirteen-of-27 foul shooting kept the points coming.
Sufka scored a team-high 13 points, while Brewer and Terry contributed five points apiece. Sufka netted nine points, Terry six and Caitlin Fagan in Dayton’s 60-19 rout Friday in Dayton.
The Warrior JV unit also dropped two games over the weekend, losing 43-11 at Dayton and 51-15 to Manogue. Kendall Spingola led Whittell with six points against Dayton, while Ashley Berns had six points and six rebounds vs. Manogue.
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