Warriorettes close out their regular season with a win
By Andy Southard | February 12, 2018 7:53 am
The Warriorettes had their final District 6AAA game, on Friday night, and their last game before the District 6AAA when they wrapped up the regular season with a win against the visiting Warren County Lady Pioneers.
On a night when White County High School honored it senior Warriors, Warriorettes, and cheerleaders, the Senior Warriorettes went out on high notes with a big 70-56 win. The win improved the Warriorettes to 20-7 on the season and 5-3 in District 6AAA. The win also kept the Warriorettes’ hopes alive for second place in the District if Stone Memorial can beat Rhea County, on Monday night.
The Warriorettes shot 37.7 percent from the field, on Friday night. The Warriorettes were nine of 24 on 2-point attempts and 11 of 29 from outside the arc. The Warriorettes held the Lady Pioneers to just 33 percent from the field. They were 16 of 38 from 2’s and two of 16 from three.
The Warriorettes also won the rebounding battle 41-32. The Warriorettes had 14 turnovers on the night but forced Warren County into 15 miscues.
The Warriorettes had four players in double figures, on Friday night, led by Kendreah Reeves with 20 points. Gracie Dodgen added 16 points, and Kanden Reeves finished with 12. Mia Murray rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points.
The Warriorettes struggled to start off the game, not scoring until the 3:48 mark when Megan Anderson hit a layup that made it 8-2. The Lady Pioneers would knock down a pair of free throws at the 3:04 mark, but that would be all scoring they would do until there were 11 seconds left in the quarter, as the Warriorettes would pick up their defense that led to 8 straight points for the Warriorettes. Dodgen would knock down a pair of free throws, with 2:45 remaining in the quarter, to get the run going and cut the lead to 6. Kendreah Reeves would follow it up with another free throw to cut the lead to 10-5. After a steal by the Warriorettes on Warren County’s next possession, Dodgen would take it in for a layup to cut the lead to 10-7, and Kanden Reeves would knock down a 3, with 54 seconds remaining in the quarter to tie the game up at 10. Warren County got a free throw, with 11 seconds remaining in the quarter, and would lead 11-10 heading into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Kendreah Reeves would start off the quarter hot. Reeves would knock down three straight 3’s for the Warriorettes that was sandwiched in between baskets by Warren County that made it 19-17 in favor of the Warriorettes. Lauren Turner would knock down two free throws to push the Warriorettes’ lead to 21-17. After a basket by Warren County cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 2, Murray would follow it up with a layup and a pair of free throws to push the Warriorettes’ lead to 25-19. The Lady Pioneers would get to the line on their next possession and make both of their free throws to cut the lead to 4. However, the Warriorettes would get a 3 from Kanden Reeves and a pair of free throws from Kendreah Reeves and Anderson to give the Warriorettes a 32-21 lead, with 35 seconds remaining in the half. Warren County would close out the half with 5 straight points, but the Warriorettes would lead the Lady Pioneers 32-26 heading into the locker room.
After halftime, the Warriorettes would open the quarter with a 3 from Kendreah Reeves to push their lead to 35-26, but 5 straight points from Warren County would cut the lead back to 4. However, the Warriorettes would close out the quarter on a 17-2 run to take control of the game. The Warriorettes would get layups from Dodgen, two from Murray, and Julia Curtis to start their run, and then Dodgen would knock down a 3 in the corner to give the Warriorettes a 46-31 lead. After a Warren County basket made it 46-33, Dodgen would score the final 6 points of the quarter to provide the Warriorettes with a 52-33 lead heading into the last quarter of play.
In the fourth quarter, Warren County would open the quarter with 3 straight points to cut into the Warriorettes’ lead, but Kendreah Reeves would respond with a 3 to push the lead to 55-36. The Warriorettes would struggle, though, to find a rhythm over the next 4:39 as Warren County would outscore the Warriorettes 16-6 and cut the Warriorettes’ lead to single digits at 60-52. However, that’s as close as the game would get, as the Warriorettes would close out the game on a 10-4 and win 70-55.
The Warriorettes will find out Monday who and when they play in the District 6AAA Tournament. The Warriorettes will either play Stone Memorial or Rhea County in the first round of the tournament, with a chance to make it to the District Tournament Championship game and host the first round of the Region Tournament. Check SpartaLive for updates and see Thursday’s Expositor for a complete rundown of the District 6AAA tournament.