Whittell struggles with 4A battles
The Whittell Warriors dropped their second and third games in the Dayton Tournament last weekend, losing to Bishop Union High School and to Carson’s junior varsity team.
The Warriors kept up with Bishop Union but went on to lose 49-39 on Friday.
Jake Summers led the Warriors with 11 points, followed by fellow seniors Joe Ilk and Brian Jones with eight; sophomore Brian Vogt six; Nick Lowe four; Danny Shapiro with two and Ryan Greenstein with one.
“We’re playing better and better each time. We just got to cut down on some mental mistakes,” said head Warrior coach Brian Mehrer.
Mehrer added that he was very pleased with the performance of Vogt, a sophomore who made his debut with the Warriors in Dayton.
“He did exceptionally well. He’s gaining more and more confidence every game. He’s going to help us a lot,” Mehrer said.
The Warrior played the Carson Senators junior varsity team on Saturday and lost 59-43.
The Warriors were without seniors Summers, Ilk, Matt Johnson and Tyson Frederick because of SAT.
Jones lead the Warriors with 14 points, followed by Shapiro with 10 and Alex Swearingen with eight. Swearingen played his first game after recovering from a dislocated shoulder.
Vogt came in with six. Lowe had four and Kylso Olsen had one.
“We cut down on some mental mistakes and we’re going to be right there,” Mehrer said.
The Warriors don’t play their first league game until Incline on Jan. 7.
WARRIORS SECOND IN COLEVILLE
The girls’ basketball team at Whittell was unable to defend its title in the Antelope Valley Lions Club tournament at Coleville, Calif., but made a strong showing going 1-1 to earn second place.
The Warriors defeated Gerlach 45-12 Friday with the entire roster scoring points.
Gerlach’s team was comprised of five players.
“It was a great opportunity for all the girls to see some playing time,” said head Warrior coach Lindsay Wines. “We played extremely well as a team.”
Sophomore Katie Green led the Warriors with her first double-double of the year with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Coach Wines said Green was voted player of the game, and was later named to the all-tournament team.
Ashley Wines racked up nine points, followed by sophomore Anna Kingman with six, Jenna Hayes four and Katlin Willens three. Ashton Gibson, Whitney Gielow, Ariana Rodriguez, Marie Peterson and junior varsity recruit Tara Scaduto each had two.
The Warriors came up with 12 assists, 26 rebounds and 12 steals. They turned the ball over five times.
The Warrior bumped up against the Coleville Wolves on Saturday, a team they knew would be a strong opponent.
Jessica Cox, who coach Wines said was named to the 1A all-state team last year, returned to the Wolves’ team and was a dominant force. Hayes held Cox scoreless through three quarters but couldn’t stop her in the fourth. Cox, however, was held to five points.
Down 18-14 at halftime, the Warriors climbed to a 21-20 lead in the third period. Turnovers, however, cost them the lead and, ultimately, the game.
The Wolves began a feeding frenzy, outscoring the Warriors in the second half 31-9 to win 49-26.
Against the Wolves, the Warriors took more than 50 shots and only pulled down seven offensive rebounds.
“We’re not having any trouble getting the shot off, we just aren’t getting any second chances, and we need to improve on that,” coach Wines said.
Hayes led for the Warriors with eight points, followed by Ashley Wines with seven, Green with six, Gielow with three and Kingman with two.
The Warriors faced a far tougher opponent against the Wolves and lost some of their team play. They turned the ball over 27 times.
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