Cantwell sends Miners to finals |

Cantwell sends Miners to finals

by Darrell Moody
Spanish Springs freshman Mason Whittaker puts up a shot through a pair of Manogue defenders Thursday night at Carson High. Manogue would win the game 54-51.
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The Bishop Manogue Miners and Reno Huskies will meet Saturday at 4 p.m. in Carson City to determine the region tournament girls basketball championship. Manogue, the two-time defending region champion, defeated Reed in one semifinal, 62-47, and Reno defeated Spanish Springs in the other, 51-26, Friday night at Carson High School. This is the fifth straight year the Miners and Huskies have met for the region title. One team will move on to represent the North in the state 4A tournament next week in Las Vegas.

Aidan Cantwell, a Carson Valley resident, hit a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to lift Bishop Manogue High School past Spanish Springs, 54-51, in the Northern 4A Region Tournament boys basketball semifinals Thursday night in Carson City.

It was all part of a dramatic night regionals, as both of the regular-season boys champions were ousted during action at Carson High’s Tom Andreasen Court. In the first game of the night, Drew Rippingham’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3.2 left propelled Reno to a 47-46 win over Sierra League champion Galena.

In the second game, Spanish Springs charged back after it faced double-digit deficits most of the fourth quarter. The Cougars trailed 47-35 with 1:54 left in the game, however, Marcus Loadholt tied the contest on a 3-pointer with 22 seconds to go. Loadholt scored eight points down the stretch and finished the night with a game-high 24 points overall.

That set the stage for Cantwell, a 6-foot-4 senior.

“I knew they were going to kick it out to me,” Cantwell said. “I got a good pass. We stopped playing; stopped executing in the fourth quarter. He (Loadholt) is a fantastic player. It was to be expected (that he would get hot).”

Cantwell finished with 19 and Kolton Frugoli added 18. Jalen Townsell complemented Loadholt with 15 points.

Manogue will play for the region championship on Saturday at 6 p.m. against Reno. The same two schools will meet for the girls championship at 4 p.m. at Carson High’s Tom Andreasen Court.

Reno, meanwhile, led just once in its game against Galena until the final buzzer. That was in the second quarter when Tommy Challis converted a three-point play to give the Huskies a 21-20 lead with 4:31 remaining in the first half. Until the game-winner by Rippingham, the Grizzlies led by between four and 11 points until the final two minutes of the contest.

Galena had a 12-1 run in the last 5 1/2 minutes of the third quarter to lead 41-29 entering the fourth.

“We were running a play called Cavalier, but we weren’t running it well,” Rippingham said. “I knew I had to get a shot up. I’m just happy it went in. I practiced that shot all the time in my backyard when I was little.

“We were down 12, and we kept thinking that we had to get a stop and then score (every time down).”