Warriorettes headed into Thanksgiving break with a win

Posted By | November 26, 2018 1:39 pm

Last Updated: November 26, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Gracie Dodgen takes a three in Tuesday night’s win over DeKalb County. Dodgen finished the game with 16 points.

In front of a packed house at Roy Sewell Gymnasium, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Warriorettes would have to come from behind and then hold off a late-surging Lady Tigers’ team for a 63-58 win to move to 4-0 on the young season.

The Warriorettes used a strong second quarter to take the lead. However, in the third quarter, DeKalb would use a 12-0 run to take a two-point lead into the break. The Warriorettes, though, would open up the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run to retake the lead and would hold on to pick up the win.

Kendreah Reeves, a junior, would lead the way to the win, tossing in 22 points. Gracie Dodgen, a sophomore, and Kanden Reeves, a junior, joined her in double, finishing with 16 and 10 points each.

The Warriorettes would open up the game getting four quick points in the first minute and a half from Mia Murray to take the early 4-0 lead. However, the Warriorettes would go cold the rest of the quarter, going 0-15 from the field, and the Lady Tigers would take advantage, scoring the next 18 points to hold an early 18-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Warriorettes would come out hot, scoring 20 of the first 22 points. Alaina Stiles would get the Warriorettes going, knocking down a pair of free throws. After a basketball by DeKalb made it 20-6, the Warriorettes would string off 18 straight points. Kanden Reeves would knock down a three to cut the lead to 11. Then Stiles would score the next five points to make it 20-14. The Reeves sisters would follow that up with a three by each of them to tie the game at 20. Then a Dodgen layup and a pair of Kendreah Reeves’ free throws made it 24-20 in favor of the Warriorettes. Dodgen would then score the next seven points for the Warriorettes compared to DeKalb’s seven points to make it 31-27, with 1:06 remaining in the half. Stiles would close out the quarter for the Warriorettes with a layup to put the Warriorettes up 33-27 heading into the locker room.

After the half, DeKalb County would open up the quarter with a three to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 33-30, but a 6-0 run by the Warriorettes made it 39-30. Dodgen and the Reeves sisters all scored in the run. DeKalb County would close out the quarter with a 16-5 run to take a 46-44 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriorettes would open up the quarter with five straight points. Kendreah Reeves would hit a pair of free throws, and Dodgen would knock down a three to make it 49-46 in favor of the Warriorettes. After both teams knock down a pair of free throws to make it 51-48, the Lady Tigers would take the lead by going 4-6 from the charity stripe to make it 52-51, with 4:09 remaining in the game. However, the Warriorettes would answer back with a Murray layup that would give the lead back to the Warriorettes at 53-52, with four minutes remaining. DeKalb County would then tie the game up after going one of four from the free throw line to make it 53-53, with 2:13 remaining. The Warriorettes, though, would take the lead for good at the 1:48 mark when Kendreah Reeves knocked down a three and then would hit a layup after two missed free throws by the Lady Tigers to make it 58-53. The Warriorettes would close out the game from the charity stripe going five of six to pick up the 63-58 win.

The Warriorettes shot 36 percent overall for the game. They would go 12 of 31 from two and eight of 24 from behind the arc. The Warriorettes would also go 15 of 17 from the free throw line.

DeKalb County shot 37 percent for the game. They were 13 of 32 from inside the arc and seven of 22 from behind the arc. They were also 11 of 21 from the free throw line.

The Warriorettes were outrebounded 33-24 but held an 18-16 advantage in the turnover department.

With the win, the Warriorettes move to 4-0 on the season. The Warriorettes will return to action, on Nov. 26, when they travel to Bledsoe County. The Warriorettes will play at 6 p.m. On Nov. 27, the Warriorettes will be in action again when they go to Signal Mountain High School. That game will get started at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT.

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