Whittell girls find the light with win
A power outage at Whittell High School had the Warriors and visiting Downeyville playing in the dark for most of the second half of Wednesday’s game. With no electricity, the game’s timekeeper morphed into a human shot clock and the Warriors found light at the end of the tunnel, defeating Downeyville 41-38.
After a 17-point third quarter explosion, Whittell withstood a late rally from Downeyville to pick up the win. Once again, the Warriors faced a trapping zone defense, which over the last few weeks meant several errors and turnovers for Whittell. This time the Warriors excelled, protecting the ball and patiently finding the open shot.
“The team did a lot better job taking care of the ball,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “Once the team realizes that they don’t have to force things – which is what they did tonight – we’ll continue to be successful on offense.”
“The third quarter was probably our best quarter of the year,” Wines said. “I’m pleased with the way we ran and how we were patient with the ball. We didn’t force any bad passes and played really good defense.”
Entering the game, the Warriors had been struggling to convert at the charity stripe, making only 17 of 46 foul shots. Aware of the problem, Wines stressed free throw accuracy in recent practices; she estimated that each player had attempted at least 200 foul shots in the two days before Wednesday’s game. The increased focus helped, as Whittell was a season-best 70 percent from the line.
Guard Sarah Sufka led Whittell with 18 points; Caitlin Fagan added nine points, while Aurora Terry posted eight. The girls begin league play at home against Incline Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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