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WHS girls lose late lead to Incline

Matt O'Neill

In what may have been their most-disappointing loss of the season, the Whittell Warrior girls fell to the Incline Highlanders, 33-28, Friday in Zephyr Cove.

The Warrior led for the majority of the game, but with 5:13 remaining, the Highlanders wrestled the lead from the hometown team as the Warriors began to turn the ball over against Incline’s full-court press.

“The girls aren’t used to being in that kind of situation in the past,” Warrior coach Lindsay Wines said.

Throughout the season, the Warriors have been forced to make a furious comeback in the second half, only to come up just a little short.

Friday night, Whittell was in the rare situation where they were in position to protect a lead.

The Warriors went cold from the floor, while the Highlanders began to heat up. Incline scored 16 of its 33 points in the final period.

“We just couldn’t get our shots to fall, while theirs did,” Wines said. “In the past three games the fourth quarter has been our strongest quarter. We just couldn’t capitalize.”

Whittell, 2-19, managed only eight points in the final period, making only four field goals.

However, the Warriors never quit fighting as they applied full-court pressure of their own late in the contest, trying to force turnovers and work their way in back into the game.

“The girls played hard,” Wines said. “We were down three with about two minutes left.

“Some of our shots weren’t the best choices, but they never quit.”

Senior Caitlin Fagan paced the Warriors with 14 points, while junior Ashley Berns added six.

The Highlanders were led by Kelly O’Connor’s 12 points.

Whittell’s season-finale at Hawthorne on Saturday was postponed and is scheduled to made up Tuesday.

IHS 6 4 7 16 – 33

WHS 7 5 8 8 – 28

Incline (33) – Fortin 4, O’Connor 12, Webber 3, Eddy 6, Feulsen 8.

Whittell (28) -Wines 3, Berns 6, Fagan 14, Roth 4, Mata 1.

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