WHS survives Coleville – again
ZEPHYR COVE – On Saturday in the Antelope Valley Classic championship, Coleville led the entire game before Whittell pulled ahead at the end and won 32-30. On Tuesday at Whittell, the Warriors made the Wolves play catch-up the entire game.
“The only difference is we never allowed them to beat us at the end,” said WHS coach Nathan Tolbert. “That wasn’t an easy thing to do. Coleville does a lot of things right.”
Tierney McKool went 10 of 12 from the foul line and had five offensive rebounds and four steals to lead Whittell to a 53-48 nonleague win. McKool finished with 12 points.
Isabel Concha-Foley added 10 points, six of which came in the first quarter when the Warriors opened the game on a 10-4 run. Kendra Koskin and Brittney Makara each scored eight points.
Tuesday’s game was almost a carbon copy of Saturday’s tournament final. Although Whittell led for most of the way this time around, Coleville held its first lead in the second quarter at 20-19 and went ahead 38-37 following Amara Rowley’s basket with 5:15 remaining in the game.
But the Wolves (1-2), whose full-court press in the fourth quarter resulted in 10 Whittell turnovers, never held another lead. Rowley led all scorers with 21 points.
“Our press was working, but Whittell adjusted to it,” said Coleville coach Will Sandy. “I would’ve liked to press the entire game, but we don’t have the wind for it right now. The difference tonight was Whittell made their free throws down the stretch.”
The Warriors (3-0) made 6 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter – all of them by McKool over the final 2:44.
When Makara, one of the team’s primary ballhandlers, fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, Tolbert became concerned.
“We’re lucky we have returners on this team or we would’ve lost tonight,” Tolbert said. “We had just enough girls with varsity experience to win this game. We’re finding new things we need to work on after every game. Hopefully we don’t run into an opponent who has put it all together yet.”
Whittell plays at Incline on Thursday and hosts Virginia City on Friday.
The team’s spaghetti feed fundraiser is today at WHS from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under eat for free.
Coleville knocks off WHS boys
Jordan Morgan scored a team-high 15 points and Cody Nelson added 11 for the Whittell boys’ basketball team, but it was Coleville who used some hot shooting in the second half to come away with a 58-51 nonleague win on Tuesday night in Zephyr Cove.
The Warriors (1-2) led 21-18 at halftime, achieving coach Brian Mehrer’s defensive goal of allowing only 10 points per quarter. But in the second half, the Wolves (3-0) started to heat up from the field. Alex Potnick, who had been averaging about 16 points per game, had 11 for the Warriors.
“And we could not get a shot to drop anywhere,” Mehrer said. “They made a run on us and just couldn’t cut into the deficit.”
Whittell hosts Virginia City in a nonleague game on Friday night at 7:30.