Second-chance points doom Warriorettes

By | February 5, 2019 7:28 am

Alaina Stiles knocks down one of her three, three-pointers in Friday night’s game vs. Stone Memorial. Stiles finished the game with 17 points going 3 for 3 on two-point attempts and 3 of 4 on threes. She was also two of three from the free throw line.

As important as offense and defense are to the game of basketball, sometimes the outcome of a game has as much to do with one of the most basic fundamentals – pulling a rebound.

The Warriorette basketball team was not able to complete the season sweep of Stone Memorial, on Friday, when they were outrebounded 31-19 by the Lady Panthers. Inside that number is the most revealing statistic of the game. Of the 31 rebounds Stone Memorial pulled in the game, 14 of them were offensive with most leading to baskets by the Lady Panthers and eventually the 81-74 Stone Memorial win.

The loss dropped the Warriorettes to 21-5 on the season and 3-3 in district play.

The Lady Panthers were able to keep the Warriorettes at bay with their work on the offensive glass. Each time White County High School cut into the Stone Memorial lead, they seemed to always come up with the second-chance points in the paint.

Mia Murray led the Warriorettes with 24 points. Alaina Stiles (17) and Gracie Dodgen (12) also finished in double figures.

Both teams got off to hot starts, on Friday night. With the Warriorettes trailing by one, with 4:44 remaining in the quarter, the Warriorettes scored the next eight points to take a seven-point lead. Dodgen hit a three, then Julia Curtis scored five straight to put the Warriorettes up 14-7. Stone Memorial followed that up with a three, but a Dodgen layup closed out the quarter and gave the Warriorettes a 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Stone Memorial opened up the quarter scoring the first 11 points to take the lead 21-16, with 5:40 remaining. Jenna Matthews got the Warriorettes going with a pair of free throws to cut the lead to three. Stone Memorial answered with a layup, but the Warriorettes got layups from Stiles and Matthews to cut the lead to one. Both teams traded baskets for the rest of the quarter, but a three by Stone, with 1:21 remaining in the quarter, was the difference as the Lady Panthers led the Warriorettes 32-28 at the half.

In the third quarter, Stone Memorial again got off to a quick start, scoring the first seven points of the quarter to take an 11-point lead. However, the Warriorettes didn’t quit as they outscored Stone 9-2, getting threes from Dodgen and Stiles and a three-point play from Murray, to cut the lead to 41-37, with 3:25 remaining in the quarter. However, Stone responded by scoring 11 consecutive points to push their lead to 52-37. The Warriorettes closed out the quarter on a 9-6 run, but Stone Memorial led 58-46 heading into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriorettes and Stone Memorial opened up the quarter trading three-pointers, with both teams knocking down two to push the lead to 64-52, but a 5-0 run by the Warriorettes cut the lead to 64-57. After a layup by Stone pushed their lead back to nine, the Warriorettes outscored the Lady Panthers 12-7 to cut the lead to 73-69, with 1:12 remaining in the game. However, the Warriorettes were never able to get any closer, as they had to start fouling, and Stone went 8-12 from the free throw line to pick up the 81-74 win.

The Warriorettes shot 55 percent from the field overall. They were 17 of 31 on two-point attempts and nine of 16 beyond the arc. WCHS was 13 of 17 from the charity stripe. Stone was 19 of 23.

WCHS returns to action, on Tuesday night, when they travel to Rhea County to take on the Lady Eagles. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT.

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