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Whittell girls seek first state title

Proving they are No. 1 in Northern Nevada 2A basketball with their 61-60 over Battle Mountain are, front l-r, Sarah Ingenluyff, Tara Scaduto, Jayme Lowe and Brittney Makara. Back l-r, Joan Browne, Megan Esquivel, Tierney McKool, Kendra Koskin,Katrina Kacirek, head coach Nathan Tolbert, Jessica Woods and Kelly Karmann.

What a fabulous week it has been at Whittell High School.

In recent years, basketball has been the one sport in which a talented core of female athletes couldn’t claim a championship. But that all changed last Saturday when the Warriors upset Battle Mountain 61-60 to capture the school’s first regional championship in nearly three decades.

Hence, the Warriors will make their first appearance in the state tournament in 21 years today at 6:20 p.m. when they play Needles, Calif., in a Nevada 2A semifinal at North Valleys High School in Reno.

“It really put it into perspective for them when they heard that none of them were alive the last time the school went to state,” said Whittell coach Nathan Tolbert. “They are pretty jazzed.”

If Whittell is victorious today, then it will have an opportunity to claim the school’s first state basketball championship on Saturday at Lawlor Events Center. The 2A finals are set for 6:40 p.m.

After winning state titles in volleyball, track, soccer and cross country in recent years, the Warriors are determined to add a basketball title to their growing trophy collection.

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