Sparta’s Warriors have won 12 of their first 16 outings
By Andy Southard | January 3, 2019 9:03 am
Like the Warriorettes, everything the Warrior basketball team has done to this point is to get ready for what lies ahead in the 2019 portion of their schedule.
The Warriors are 12-4 after the holidays and are coming into 2019 following a runner-up finish in their own Christmas tournament, the Sonic Shootout, and picked up two wins in the Sunshine Classic, in Daytona Beach, Florida.
During the two-week holiday period, the Warriors went 4-2.
Once the Warriors get into district play, eight out of nine games will be league games, which makes for a very crucial stretch.
They open district play on the road, on Jan. 11, against Cookeville. Other than a home game against Cumberland County, on Jan. 26, the other seven games will be 6AAA contest.
Cookeville now has the most wins of any of the league teams. They come into 2019 with a record of 14-6. However, four of the five District 6AAA have at least 10 wins on the season.
The rest of the district teams records are Warren County (11-5), Stone (10-4), and Rhea (6-10).
However, the Warriors still have a few games to take care of before starting district play. This Friday, they will travel to DeKalb County (1-14). The Warriors defeated the Tigers 80-49 in their first meeting this year.
Then, White County High School will play host to Bledsoe County (3-10), on Monday night. The Warriors won their first meeting over the Warriors 68-53. On Tuesday, they will travel to Crossville to take on Cumberland County (4-10). This will be the first meeting this season between the Warriors and the Jets. The two teams split their contest last season.
Besides the loss to Red Bank and the games over the Christmas break, the only other defeat the Warriors suffered was in a Hall of Fame game to Siegel (57-65).
Throughout the 16 games of the schedule, the Warriors have blended a mix of youth and experience in their lineup. Two sophomores have logged time in the starting lineup to go along with two seniors and three different juniors. So far this season, Coach Eric Mitchell has gotten production out of different players on different nights. He has mixed and matched his starting lineup to try and cause matchup problems for the other team.
The second part of the season begins Friday night, on the road against, DeKalb County.