WHS boys win season opener on road
A shortage of players tested Whittell High’s conditioning, and the boys responded with a 50-47 season-opening basketball victory over Rite of Passage on Wednesday in Yerington.
Missing four players because of ineligibilities, injury and practice-time deficiencies, the Warriors gritted out the nonleague win at ROP for the second straight season.
“It’s always good to win. It keeps the spirits up,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “We won by playing a pretty solid defensive game.”
Whittell threw a mixture of zone and man defenses at the Raiders, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half before forcing a tie at intermission.
A pair of free throws by Avery Norman in the final minute were the difference for the Warriors. Norman scored a team-high 21 points, including seven points in the third period.
“We did a pretty good job of keeping the lead. We had some down spots, but we didn’t completely fold,” Maltase said.
Dustin Fox added a career-high 12 points for the Warriors, while Todd Echan contributed eight.
Whittell travels to Truckee for a nonleague game at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The Warriors upset the Wolverines last season, but expect a repeat victory will be a difficult task.
“It’s hard to get a measuring stick before you play a game,” Maltase said. “I don’t think we’ll be in a situation where we’ll be way ahead or way behind very often.”
The Wolverines dusted Dayton 80-65 behind a game-high 36 points from 6-foot-4 Mark Logan on Tuesday night in Dayton.
“He’s probably the best player in the state right now. He’s good inside and out, and he jumps well,” Maltase said of Logan.
Maltase is uncertain of how the Warriors will defend Logan, but 5-10 Echan could draw the unenviable assignment.
“He plays a lot bigger than his size, and I’ll take him into battle any time,” Maltase said.
Whittell also is scheduled to play Mariposa at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in its home opener.
Lindsey Hitt scored 14 points and Missy Johnson 12 as the South Tahoe High girls basketball team used a furious second-half rally to nearly upset Elko in the Lowry Tournament on Thursday in Winnemucca.
STHS trailed 37-18 at the half, but made a game of it before Elko escaped with a 52-47 triumph.
STHS, 0-2, will meet Lovelock at 5 p.m. Friday in consolation play.
Whittell High’s girls basketball team lost to Truckee 49-21 in its season opener Thursday in Truckee.
The Warriors will play at North Tahoe on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Chris Markt two fouls first 10 seconds, it was rough.
four, one hurt, two grades, one not enough practices, took nine guys.
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