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Whitney High Wildcats
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Correspondent
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BOYS BASKETBALL The Whitney High School 2011-12 season began with a lot of promise, but since then the Wildcats have struggled. Whitney (2-6 CAL, 14-11 overall) will end its season in front of its home crowd against Antelope (8-0 CAL, 24-1 overall) on Feb. 17. Whitney’s Evan Orrick (13.6 points per game), Nolan Eger (10.2 ppg) and Sean Smith (10 ppg) are going to have their hands full against a really tough Titans squad. Antelope averages 65.8 ppg. Junior Gabe Bealer (16.6 ppg, 5.7 rebounds pg) is the Titans’ leader. Senior Kei’Shaun Sinclair has been great on both sides of the ball (7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.8 assits pg, 2.0 steals pg). Junior Isaiah Ellis (12.3 ppg, 6.7 blocks pg) has also been tough inside for the Titans. It is going to take a total team effort from the Wildcats if Whitney is going to win the game. Whitney is expected to lose seven of its 14 players for the 2012-13 season. GIRLS BASKETBALL The Wildcats season will end tonight at Antelope (5-3 CAL, 16-7 overall). Whitney (2-6 CAL, 7-17 overall) is only 2-7 on the road this season. Senior guard Alex Rodriguez (18.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 spg), junior point guard Kristin Ladas (10.6 ppg, 2.7 spg) and Masirah Holmes (7.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.4 blocks per game) have been the Wildcats’ go-to players all season long. However, Holmes is out for the season. Defensively, Whitney has to stop senior forward Ashley Hawkins (16.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.7 spg) and junior Tyler Ellis (13.9 ppg, 15.3 rpg, 2.4 spg) if they have any chance of winning. Whitney had a tough season. But the Wildcats only suited up 10 players this year and eight of them are expected to return in 2012-13.