Whetstone High School girls basketball coach Bucky Walters was encouraged by his team's play entering the new year even though it split its final four games to close out the 2013 portion of its schedule.
After losing to Northland 79-58 on Dec. 17 and Centennial 52-39 on Dec. 20 in City League-North Division contests, the Braves rebounded to win the Whetstone Winter Classic by defeating Whitehall 55-38 on Dec. 27 and Briggs 50-46 on Dec. 28.
Kalie Mascarello had a team-high 19 points against Centennial. Colleen Kelly (11), Liz Khoury (11) and Brenna O'Sullivan (10) all scored in double figures against Whitehall, and Lily Morris had 20 points and O'Sullivan scored 11 against Briggs.
"We have trimmed our margin of defeat greatly within the past year against Northland and Centennial," Walters said. "We trailed Northland by just a point in the third quarter, but we took chances defensively to stay in the game and they pulled away some."
Last season, the Braves lost to Northland 94-24 and 88-20 and lost to Centennial 60-42 and 65-38.
Whetstone, whose game against DeSales on Jan. 2 was postponed because of bad weather, was 8-4 overall and 3-3 in the City-North before playing Brookhaven on Jan. 7.
Boys basketball team posts second win
Nine players scored to help the boys basketball team end a two-game skid with a 64-48 win over Patriot Prep Academy on Jan. 3.
Tommy Lee had 19 points and Brian Scott scored 14 to lead the Braves, who outscored the host Eagles 35-25 in the second half.
The victory followed two lopsided City-North losses. Whetstone, which was 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the City-North before playing Brookhaven on Jan. 7, lost to Centennial 95-35 on Dec. 20 and fell to seven-time defending City champion Northland 110-35 on Dec. 17.