Whittell girls b-ball falls to Incline in home opener 49-24 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Whittell girls b-ball falls to Incline in home opener 49-24

Anthony Gentile
Whittell junior Samantha Forvilly drives against baseline an Incline defender during the Warriors’ tournament game against the Highlanders on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

ZEPHYR COVE — In its home debut on Wednesday, Dec. 9, a slow start cost the Whittell girls basketball team. The Warriors fell behind early against Incline en route to a 49-24 defeat in their first of four games at the Whittell TSE Invitational.

Whittell (1-4) struggled offensively from the outset Wednesday night, and had trouble generating open looks against the Highlanders. The Warriors went almost all of the opening eight minutes without scoring, saved only by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from junior Ali Copsy.

Copsy’s shot made it 16-3, and Incline (4-2) extended that advantage in the second quarter. After Copsy opened the scoring with a turnaround jumper at the 6:00 mark, the Highlanders answered with nine straight points and took a 29-7 lead into the break.

The Warriors scored the first four points of the third quarter to cut the Highlanders’ lead to 18, but didn’t get closer than that the rest of the way. Incline led by 24 points at the start of the fourth quarter and went onto hand Whittell a 25-point defeat.

Copsy led Whittell with 11 points in the loss and junior Samantha Forvilly added four. Incline senior Kira Porter led all scorers with 22 points to go along with 14 rebounds and six blocks — including 16 in the first half.

The Warriors returned to action at the Whittell TSE Invitational on Thursday, Dec. 10, with games against Greenville (Calif.) and Owyhee (Nev.). Whittell concludes tournament play against West Wendover on Friday, Dec. 11.

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