Whitney girls stage comeback to sink Lincoln in OT

Scott leads rally
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Whitney High School girls basketball team erased a seven-point deficit Wednesday night to force Lincoln’s Fighting Zebras into overtime. The Wildcats then took command and pulled away for a 51-44 victory.

The Zebras had Whitney down 38-31 with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter when Taylor Hughey drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to four. Lincoln’s Karla McCommas then took the lead back up to five, hitting the front end of a one-on-one.

Shelbi Meyer then had a rebound-put-back and Alanna Scott buried a 3-point shot to answer another lone free throw by the Zebras’ Kaitlynn McKinney. That set the stage for game-tying charity toss by Whitney’s Katrina Nham at the 30-second mark.

“We backed off a little bit in the second half,” Lincoln head coach Tim Sprinkles said. “The thing we need to work on is growing with our basketball IQ. Situational awareness is key late in the game.”

Both clubs missed long 3s in the closing seconds of regulation play.

In overtime, the Wildcats’ Dominique Bustamante opened the scoring with a 3-pointer; Meyer followed by hitting both ends of a one-and-one and Scott scored on a fast break to essentially put the game out of reach at 47-40.

“What I’m seeing is we’re being a lot faster, a lot more spirit,” said Whitney senior Janelle Sanchez, who had three points and five rebounds. “I think we just have the hustle. Our new coach has really pushed us to be who we are today.”

Lincoln’s Kelly Belding and Cassandra Pisik both fouled out in overtime.