High school basketball season tips off Tuesday

By | November 13, 2017 6:37 am

Hannah Leftwich goes up for a shot in the Warriorettes’ final tune-up for before the season starts.

It’s time for high school basketball teams across the state of Tennessee to get down to business.

Pre-season practices, scrimmages, and playdays are officially over. When Tuesday night rolls around, both White County High School and Van Buren County will tip off their 2017-2018 campaigns on the road. Van Buren County will play their first six games on the road, while the Warriors will be back in the friendly confines of Roy Sewell Gymnasium, on Friday night.

WCHS travels to Farragut High School for their first game. This will be the first time that the Warriorettes have faced the Lady Admirals since Dec. 31, 2002. In that game, the Warriorettes came away with the victory winning 43-39.

The Lady Admirals went 12-14 last year and will be looking to improve on that this year. The Warriorettes went 23-10 a season ago. The Warriorettes will be looking to replace four seniors, one of them being Deandra Luna who is now playing at Bryan College.

Coach Michael Dodgen had this to say about the match-up.

“I’m really excited about opening the season,” he said. “We have some more growing to do with this team, but we are excited to get on the floor against a good team like Farragut, on Tuesday night, and compete at a high level.”

This will be the first time the Warriors have taken the court against the Admirals since Dec. 27, 1985. In that game, the Warriors lost to the Admirals 57-63.

The Admirals are coming off a 10-14 season a year ago and are looking to start off their season on the right foot under new head coach, Jon Higgins. Higgins, a former University of Tennessee guard, will start his first season as head coach of the Admirals after being hired in April. Higgins spent the previous five seasons at Central High School.

The Warriors are coming off a 25-7 season a year ago but are playing with one of the youngest teams that Head Coach Eric Mitchell has had since moving to White County. The Warriors lost nine seniors off last year’s team and have already suffered a significant blow with senior Kendall Barker going down with an ACL injury.

Coach Eric Mitchell talked about the matchup.

“This is the start of the new season,” he said. “We don’t know much about Farragut, but we are young and taking each game one at a time and learning each day. It will be a fun and exciting year, and there will be road bumps along the way. We must learn to overcome them and get better every day.”

The Warriors had their final scrimmage Thursday at Livingston Academy. The Warriors were ahead after one varsity quarter against Jackson County but lost to Monterey in the second game.

With Spencer, the Eagles and the Eaglettes will travel to Middle Tennessee Christian to take on the Cougars. The Lady Cougars are coming off a 15-13 season a year ago. The Cougars are coming off a 25-5 season.

Tip-off for the Warriorettes is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. CT at Farragut High School. The Eaglettes are scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip-off. The boys’ games will follow directly after.

The Warriors will be back in action, on Friday night, for their second Hall of Fame game when they take on Cannon County inside Roy Sewell Gymnasium. Tip off for that game is set for 6 p.m. CT.

Van Buren will head to Notre Dame, on Saturday, for four games. The Eaglettes will play GPS at noon and Notre Dame at 4 p.m. The Eagles will take the court against McCallie at 2 p.m. and Notre Dame at 6 p.m. All those game times are Eastern Standard Time.

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