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Whittell girls b-ball falls at Coleville 49-37

Anthony Gentile
Whittell forward Jordyn Becker shields the ball from a Coleville defender in the Warriors’ 49-37 loss to the Wolves on Tuesday night.
Courtesy Boyd Dangtongdee |

COLEVILLE, Calif. — The Whittell girls basketball team stayed with Coleville for a half Tuesday night — but a rough third quarter cost the Warriors. Whittell lost to the host Wolves 49-37, done in by a slow start to the second half.

“It seemed like we came out strong in the first half, and then the third quarter is where they got us,” Warriors head coach Tom Esposito said.

“They were stronger in the third quarter and we couldn’t recover.”

Whittell (4-11, 2-4 IV West) trailed 10-8 after the first quarter, and was behind by one at halftime.

In the third quarter, Coleville (5-6, 2-3) broke the game open with eight straight points — a run that made the difference.

The Wolves outscored the Warriors 18-8 in the period to build an 11-point lead. Coleville matched Whittell in the fourth quarter of the 12-point loss.

Guard Chelsea Rodriguez-Aguirre led Whittell with 11 points in the loss. Guards Daria Sharon and Kelsey Kjer each scored seven, while guard Samantha Forvilly and forward Jordyn Becker added five apiece.

“We had some pretty good balance on the scoring,” Esposito said.

In the teams’ first meeting at Whittell on Dec. 20, the Warriors scored four points in the first half and suffered a 29-22 loss.

On Tuesday night, a slow start in the second half kept Whittell from victory.

Guard Stephanie Sandoval led Coleville with 20 points on 10-of-24 shooting.

Forward Shaylor McCann added 14.

Whittell’s home game Thursday night against Sage Ridge was cancelled and will be rescheduled for later in the season.

The Warriors return to action Saturday at Mineral County — tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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