Whittell boys, girls lose at Comstock
The opening day of the Comstock Classic is one both Nathan Tolbert and Brian Mehrer would like to forget.
Tolbert and the Whittell girls’ basketball team led 3A Dayton 12-5 after the first quarter – and only trailed 17-16 at halftime – before the Dust Devils broke the game open in the second half and cruised to a 60-25 nonleague victory on Thursday in Virginia City.
Mehrer and the Whittell boys’ basketball team suffered a similar fate, but theirs was an 82-42 nonleague loss to host Virginia City. Sophomore Jordan Morgan was the only Warrior in double figures (11 points), while Christian Hernandez added nine points and Alex Potnick eight.
“Virginia City is pretty good,” Mehrer said. “We hung with them, kept it between 7-14 points in the first half, but they pulled away in the second half.”
Whittell (4-2) continues Comstock Classic play on Friday against Coleville at 4:30 p.m. and Loyalton (Calif.) at 7:30 p.m.
In the girls’ game, Isabel Concha-Foley led the Warriors with 16 points but not much else went right for Whittell. Dayton, which beat South Tahoe 47-45 on Tuesday, scored most of its points from beyond the arc.
“I don’t remember them missing a 3-pointer, honestly,” Tolbert said. “There is no shame losing to a better team. We were just not equipped to defend those kinds of perimeter shots.”
Whittell (4-2) plays Coleville and Wells on Friday before ending its tournament on Saturday against Loyalton (Calif.).
Correction from STHS-Dayton game
In Wednesday’s Tribune, it was erroneously reported that South Tahoe’s Jessie Hallard made a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter in a 47-45 loss to Dayton on Tuesday night. It was actually Tess Braun, who scored a team-high 16 points, that made the 3-pointer.