Whittell girls suffer first league defeat
For three quarters, the Whittell girls’ basketball team was right there with Battle Mountain. But the Warriors’ lack of depth finally caught up to them as they went scoreless in the fourth quarter of a 56-34 Northern 2A loss on Saturday in Zephyr Cove.
Isabel Concha-Foley was the only Whittell player in double figures, scoring 14. Tierney McKool added eight points for the Warriors, who trailed 39-34 after the third quarter but were outscored 17-0 in the fourth.
“We just didn’t have the horses and ran out of gas at the end,” said WHS coach Nathan Tolbert. “We only had a couple kids coming off the bench, and Battle Mountain was a very physical team.”
Whittell (7-9 overall, 1-1 league) plays Hawthorne on Saturday.
Slater places third at Lincoln tourney
Tyler Slater was considered a state tournament hopeful after his freshman season. After delaying his return to the South Tahoe wrestling team this season, he displayed some of that potential on Saturday when the 112-pound sophomore placed third at the 26-team Lincoln Invitational.
Slater went 4-1 in the tourney, losing to the eventual champion in the semifinals. All four of his wins were by pins.
“It was nice to see the Tyler we had been expecting all year start to come out,” said STHS wrestling coach Ken Robbins.
Jon Fago’t, who was battling a flu bug all day, placed sixth in the 215-pound weight class.
WHS boys drop two Northern 2A games
Missing its leading scorer, the Whittell boys’ basketball team was facing a difficult task facing Northern 2A opponents Independence on Friday and Battle Mountain on Saturday. And that’s exactly how the games played out, with Whittell staying with Independence until late in the fourth quarter of a 58-42 loss, then coming back a day later and losing to Battle Mountain 67-39.
Jeremy Dominguez and Cody Nelson both scored 11 points in the loss to the Colts, while freshman Adam Laub had his best performance of the season by scoring 10 points. Independence led 42-39 with 5 minutes to play, but made its free throws down the stretch to secure the victory. The Warriors (7-7 overall, 0-3 league) will try and snap a five-game losing streak on Friday against Rite of Passage.
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