Warriorettes close out the regular season with a win
By Andy Southard | February 11, 2019 8:37 am
The Warriorettes closed out their regular season, on Friday night, in the final District 6AAA game of the season, picking up a win over the Warren County Lady Pioneers. White County High School got off to a fast start against Warren County, picking up the 63-37 win.
The victory puts the WCHS girls at 22-6 on the season and 4-4 in the district. With Stone’s win over Cookeville, on Friday night, the Warriorettes lock up third place in the district and will play Friday night against Cookeville.
The Warriorettes shot 38 percent overall from the field for the game while limiting the Lady Pioneers to just 31 percent shooting.
WCHS came out firing on all cylinders to start the game. They outscored Warren County 17-6 in the first quarter. The Warriorettes didn’t slow down in the second quarter outscoring the Lady Pioneers 15-5 in the second and led 32-11 at the half. Gracie Dodgen led the Warriorettes, scoring 10 of her team-high 14 points in the first half.
The third quarter was much like the first half, as the Warriorettes continued to control the game. The Lady Pioneers got off to a quick start, scoring the first five points to cut the lead to 16. However, Julia Curtis answered, scoring the next five points to push the lead to 37-16. Warren County responded with a 4-2 run with the Warriorettes getting a basket from Kanden Reeves to make it 39-20. However, layups from Kendreah Reeves and Mia Murray made it 43-20. After a pair of free throws by the Lady Pioneers cut the lead to 43-22, the Warriorettes closed out the quarter with a three from Saige Johnson and a layup and a free throw from Dodgen. The Warriorettes led the Lady Pioneers 49-22 at the end of the third quarter.
In the final quarter of play, the Warriorettes were outscored by the Lady Pioneers 15-14, but the Warriorettes picked up the win 63-37.
The Warriorettes were 19 of 41 on two-point attempts and hit five of 23 three-point attempts. Warren County was 11 of 36 overall from the field and made three of their eight three-pointers. The Warriorettes held a 27-20 rebounding advantage and forced the Lady Pioneers into 23 turnovers compared to the Warriorettes six.
In addition to Dodgen’s 14 points, Curtis joined Dodgen in double figures, finishing with 12 points, on Friday night.
The Warriorettes will now turn their sights to the district tournament and try to host their first region game since the 2014-15 season. To do that, the Warriorettes will have to pick up a win, on Feb. 15, against Cookeville. See the Feb. 14 edition of The Expositor for full details about the District 6AAA tournament.