Cavs hold the Warriors at bay in second half

By | January 15, 2018 7:49 am

Masyn Winningham drives to the basket, on Thursday night. Winningham finished with game with 7 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

Kade Clark goes up for a layup over a Cookeville defender, on Thursday night. Clark finished the game with 6 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

David Kinser goes up for a layup in Thursday night’s game against Cookeville. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

In front of a packed Roy Sewell Gymnasium, on Thursday night, the Warriors spent most of Thursday’s game trying to overcome an early deficit they found themselves facing.

The Cookeville Cavaliers would score the first 5 points of the game and then would knock down five 3-pointers on five straight possessions to take a commanding 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Warriors would battle back in the second quarter and cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 7 at the half, but, in the end, it was Cookeville who would capture the 57-36 win.

The loss is the fourth straight for the Warriors, who fell to 9-11 overall and 0-1 in the district. Sophomore Micah Webster was the only Warrior who scored in double digits, on Thursday night, scoring 17 of the Warriors’ 36 points.

As noted early, Cookeville jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but a basket from Dyson Reece would make it 5-2. Cookeville would knock down their first of five straight 3-pointers to extend their lead to 8-2. Webster would then get his first basket of the night to cut the lead to 8-4, but a pair of 3’s by Cookeville would make it 14-4. Masyn Winningham would answer back with a layup on the Warriors’ next possession to make it 14-6, but another 3 by Cookeville would extend their lead to 17-6. After a 3 by Webster made it 17-9, the Cavs would close out the quarter with a 3 and a pair of free throws to take a 22-9 lead into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Cavaliers would come out and get the first 4 points of the quarter to extend their lead to 26-9, with 5:49 remaining in the quarter. However, the Warriors would score the final 10 points of the quarter to cut the Cavs’ lead to 19-26 at the half. Webster (4), Winningham (2), and Kade Clark (4) would all score during the run, and the Warriors would only trail by 7 heading into the locker room.

In the third quarter, Cookeville would come out of the locker room and score the first 4 points of the quarter to push their lead to 30-19, but a 3 by Winningham would make it 30-22, with 6:33 remaining in the quarter. After 5 straight points by Cookeville pushed their lead to 13, Webster would answer back with 4 consecutive points to cut the Cavs’ lead to 35-26. However, the Cavaliers would close out the third quarter on a 7-2 run and take a 42-28 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter of play, Webster would open the quarter with a pair of free throws to cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 42-30, but Cookeville would answer back with 8 straight points to extend their lead to 50-30. After a pair of free throws from Webster and a basket from David Kinser made it 50-34, with 3:25 remaining in the game, the Cavaliers would get 4 straight points to push their lead back to 20, with 2 minutes remaining in the game. The Cavaliers would outscore the Warriors 3-2 over the final 2 minutes of the game to take home the 57-36 win.

The Warriors will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Crossville to take on the Stone Memorial Panthers. The Panthers, like the Warriors, are also 0-1 in District 6AAA play after suffering a loss to Warren County this past Tuesday night, by a final score of 52-46. The Panthers are 8-9 so far this season. The Warriors and the Panthers will get started following the Lady Panthers and Warriorettes’ game that is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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