Wildcats drop Capital Athletic League opener to Antelope
The Whitney Wildcats’ varsity boys basketball team opened Capital League competition with a 67-42 loss at home against Antelope.
The Wildcats put up a good battle in the beginning but Antelope was too tall and too quick. The Titans (11-6) held a 17-8 advantage at the end of the first period.
Whitney’s Nolan Eger started the second period with an assist to Matt Gruber on the low post for a field goal. That started an 11-4 run by the Wildcats.
During that time, Eger assumed control of the offense dishing out four assists. His efforts helped Whitney cut the deficit to just two points.
Cameron Ripple also excited the crowd connecting on two-consecutive 3-pointers midway through the quarter.
But despite the strides made by the ‘Cats, the Titans turned around their 3-point shooting. Just 1-for-9 from beyond the arc to start, the visitors finished the half hitting 3-4 from long range.
“We were with them in the first half,” said Eger, who led the Wildcats with 10 points and five assists. “We just didn’t keep it up in the second half.”
After intermission, Antelope began driving inside the paint. The Titans took just six shots from the perimeter in the last 16 minutes. That aggressive play led to multiple Whitney fouls giving the Titans 11 points from the free-throw line.
Antelope used its height to add a pair of slam dunks coming off a quick steal and an alley-oop pass.
Whitney could do no better than 6-21 from the floor in the second half and turned over the ball 10 times.
Ripple followed Eger with six points. Ryan Gee, Diego Rosales, and Kyle Creighton contributed five points apiece.
Whitney was scheduled to play Mira Loma Wednesday before going on the road for five-straight away games. The Wildcats will come home Feb. 5 to host Rio Americano.
“For the rest of the way,” said Whitney head coach Matthew Rickabaugh. “It’s going to be a fight.”
GIRLS _ Antelope 46, Whitney 37
The Whitney girls basketball team kept pace with Antelope Jan. 10, but could never close the gap as the Titans eventually earned a 46-37 win on Antelope’s home court.
Shelbi Meyer put up 12 points for the Wildcats but was the only maroon-and-gold player to reach double digits. Alanna Scott added nine. Both players are sophomores.
ANTELOPE 67, WHITNEY 42
Titans 17 15 16 19 – 67
Wildcats 8 15 7 12 – 42
A – 21-54, 19-35, 67. 3Pts 6-19. Turnovers 8. W – 16-41, 5-10, 42. 3Pts 5-17. Turnovers 21.
Whitney – Eger-4-11, 1-4, 10, 3Pts 1-4. Ripple 2-3, 0-0, 6, 3Pts 2-2, Rosales 2-6, 0-0, 5, 3Pts 1-3.
Assists – Eger 5.
HOME GAMES THIS WEEK
Jan. 22 – El Camino, F 4:15 pm/V 7:30 pm
Jan. 24 – Cordova, F4:15 pm/V 7:30 pm
Jan. 23 – El Camino, F 6 pm/V 7 pm