Whittell boys get biggest win of season
The Whittell High boys basketball team got the biggest win of its season on Saturday when the Warriors evened their league record at 1 by defeating the Lovelock Mustangs 63-61.
The Warriors played from behind for most of the game and came up with some key defensive stops and baskets in the fourth quarter to secure their first league win.
“We just hung around for most of the game until we needed to make some big plays in the final quarter,” Warrior coach Steve Maltase said.
Freshman Nick Summers had a huge fourth quarter, scoring 12 of his career-high 29 points during the key stretch at the end of the game.
Maltase had to play with a makeshift lineup for most of the fourth quarter as his team was riddled with foul trouble. Sophomore Jake Summers and senior Joel Warnick both watched from the bench, having fouled out in the third period, while Luke Forvilly and Bryan Sigel each had four fouls in the game.
“This is a big win for us,” Maltase said. “Especially to get our first win in league, it was a gutsy performance.”
The Warriors held the Mustangs’ leading scorer to only nine points, and only one field goal on the night. Sigel shut down Matt Jones, while adding 17 points of his own.
The normally potent outside-shooting Mustangs were held to three buckets from behind the arc.
“They really shot themselves out of the game,” Maltase said.
Next up for Whittell is a home game on Thursday against Smith Valley, followed by a league road game at Incline on Saturday.
Whittell girls still looking for first league win
Whittell couldn’t overcome a poor first quarter in a 43-31 loss to Lovelock Saturday night.
The Warrior were outscored 18-4 in the opening quarter and could never dig themselves out of the hole. Sophomore Ashley Wines scored all four points for the Warriors in the opening period in rout to six in the game.
“That was the determining factor for us,” Warrior coach Lindsay Wines said.
Senior Caitlin Fagan didn’t play in the first quarter because of a 102-degree temperature but came off the bench in the second period to score 18 points to lead Whittell.
“She played really well even though she was so sick,” Wines said.
Lovelock was paced by Michelle Carpenter’s 18 points.
Alisha Roth had her best game of the season with eight steals and five points.
“That was one of the best games she’s played all season long,” Wines said.
Next up for the Warriors is Smith Valley on Thursday and Incline on Saturday.
“We’ve had the Incline game circled for the whole season,” Wines said. “There is no better game for us to get our first win under our belts and over that hurdle.”
The Warrior junior varsity picked up its first win in over a year and a half when Whittell defeated Lovelock, 41-36.
The Warriors were paced by Elise Thomas, who had 24 points on the night.
“Don (Amaral) is doing a great job with that team,” Wines said. “John Summers even said to me that it’s one of the best JV teams he’s seen in a long time.”
STHS girls drop one to Hug
The Viking girls basketball team couldn’t overcome another slow start Friday night in a 53-45 loss to Hug.
South Tahoe was down only two points, 14-12, at the end of the first quarter, but was outscored 17-6 in the second, to head into the break down 31-18.
“It’s been the same story for us all season long,” Viking coach Tim Jaureguito said. “We always seem to head into halftime down as many as 10 points.”
The Vikings made a valiant comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hawks 17-6 in the final period, but they had dug themselves too big a deficit to overcome.
“It was just a matter of being too little, too late,” Jaureguito said. “We need to learn to play with more confidence and play early instead of late.”
Lindsey Hitt paced the Vikes with 13 points.
Last Tueday, the Vikings fell to the Reno Huskies, 77-45.
South Tahoe returns to action on Friday on the road at Douglas where a pair of teams without a league win square off.
“They’re in the same boat as we are,” Jaureguito said. “They’ve been playing teams tough, only to lose close ones as well.”
STHS boys lose a close one
The South Tahoe boys dropped another close game to a league rival when the Vikings fell to Hug 63-58 Friday night.
The contest was close throughout the game, but a couple of late-game turnovers cost the Vikings a chance to get the win.
Down eight at the half, South Tahoe took the lead in the third quarter, but was unable to hold it.
“We went brain dead for about a minute and a half there,” Vikings coach Derek Allister said. “That’s what killed us.”
Senior Matt Connelly had one of his best games of the season when he hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points. Fellow senior Erick Capellino added 10 points.
Next up for the Vikings is a trip to Douglas on Friday where South Tahoe will try avenge an earlier defeat to the Tigers in the Viking Classic back in November.
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