Whittell girls b-ball stings Sage Ridge 50-7
ZEPHYR COVE — The Whittell girls basketball team is starting to hit its stride, and showed just that on its home court Thursday, Jan. 14. The Warriors routed Sage Ridge 50-7 to decisively complete a season sweep of the Scorpions with their most lopsided win of the campaign.
“We definitely had a lot more of a spark today,” Warriors junior Samantha Forvilly said. “When we play more as a team, we play well.”
Whittell (5-11, 3-4 IV West) beat the Scorpions for the second time in five days — and did so in dominant fashion. The Warriors had a 13-6 lead after the first quarter, and held Sage Ridge (0-9, 0-8) to one point over the final three frames while rolling to a 43-point win.
“We wanted to get a big win considering we haven’t had that much this season,” Forvilly said. “We wanted to show ourselves that we could dominate a team.”
The Warriors scored the first nine points of Thursday’s game, and a putback from sophomore Kaitlyn Kjer made it 9-0 with 3:23 left in the opening frame. Sage Ridge answered with six straight points, but Whittell would hold the visitors without a field goal the rest of the way.
Whittell pitched a 23-0 shutout in the second quarter to take a commanding 30-point lead into the break. Sage Ridge ended its scoreless drought with a free throw midway through the third quarter, but didn’t score after that.
Fifty seconds into the fourth quarter, Kjer hit a 3-pointer that put a running clock into effect. The Warriors again held Sage Ridge without a point in the final frame en route to victory — five days earlier, Whittell beat the Scorpions 55-28 on the road.
Forvilly led Whittell with 13 points in the win, including three 3-pointers. Kjer and freshman Brianna Johns each finished with eight while senior Diane Clavel added seven. The Warriors got in rhythm with transition baskets early, and it translated to one of their best offensive performances of the season.
“Our shooting hasn’t been great lately, but when we play lower teams it can be on point,” Forvilly said. “We just all need to relax and focus on the game.”
As the first round of league play comes to a close, Whittell is on the outside of the Div. IV West League playoff picture. The Warriors showed what they’re capable of in Thursday’s win, and Forvilly believes better results are on the horizon.
“It’s been a really big challenge,” Forvilly said of the season. “We had to switch around a couple of players — everyone has been playing in different positions and we were trying to figure it out.
“I believe that we can beat some of the teams we lost to earlier. We just weren’t there yet, but we’re doing a lot better now.”
Whittell returns to action at home Saturday, Jan. 23, against Virginia City. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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