WHS girls make Manogue work into fourth quarter
Whittell High’s girls chopped Bishop Manogue’s lead to single digits late in Wednesday’s 3A basketball game, but the Miners pulled away down the stretch for a 46-31 win.
Against the third-place team in Northern Nevada 3A Division II, Whittell’s girls worked themselves into a situation that’s been unfamiliar this year – a single-digit lead with less than four minutes left in the game. But Manogue pulled away on the strength of their second-chance field goals to seal the road win.
“The biggest difference in the game was rebounds – we made three offensive boards all night,” said Warriors head coach Lindsay Wines, whose team fell to 0-17 overall, 0-10 in Division II play with the loss.
Whittell had slimmed Manogue’s lead to nine with three and a half minutes to go, but Kendra Jepsen and Beth Burbank responded with fourth-quarter field goals to help Manogue seal the win and improve to 5-5 in conference play. Again, Whittell lost, but gave a game effort against a bigger Manogue team.
“That says a lot about the heart of those girls,” Wines said. “I can’t re-emphasize enough: This is the best group I’ve had.”
Jepsen led Manogue with 13 points, and Jodi Meyer added nine more for the Miners. Junior guard Caitlin Fagan accounted for more than half of Whittell’s points, finishing with 22. The Warriors also benefited from Danielle Cronis’ return to the lineup. Cronis had three points and five boards, but gave Whittell a strong defensive presence on the front line. Alisha Roth finished with a game-high six boards before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
“Danielle played the best game she played all year,” Wines said of her senior center.
The Warriors have two home games remaining on the schedule, against league powerhouse Hawthorne on Friday, and against Lovelock – a team Whittell challenged on Saturday – the next day. Whittell still is winless, but Wednesday’s performance revealed how far the team has come.
“If we play like we played tonight, we’ll beat Lovelock,” Wines said.
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