Warriorettes defeat Dekalb Co. in semifinals
By Sparta Live | December 31, 2008 12:00 am
It may have not been the prettiest of victories, but the Warriorette basketball team found a way to win and is headed to the first-ever championship game of the Sonic Shootout.
With their 39-24 win over DeKalb County (5-8) Monday night, the Warriorettes earned a berth in Tuesday’s title game against Loudon (10-3). (Due to New Year’s, print deadline was a day early so the championship game results will be in Monday’s paper). Check myspartanews.com for updated information on the game.
The Warriorettes struggled Monday night to get shots to fall. They shot only 31 percent overall from the field for the game. They were 11 of 33 from two-point range and five of 19 on their three point shots. They knocked down only two of seven free throws. That resulted in only 39 points being put on the board. The most important thing though was the fact they won the game.
Coach Bryan Haley noted, “It was just one of those nights. We just didn’t make shots. Early, we were moving the ball well and got some open looks. We just couldn’t make them. Then all of a sudden, we started trying to get the ball inside and passed up some open looks from the outside. We started struggling with our spacing and kept getting clogged up inside. Give DeKalb County credit. They did what they do and did it well. We did do a better job rebounding and played good defense. We just couldn’t get our offense going. But in the end, a win is a win. I’ve said it all year; I’ll take a hundred more of those. This team finds a way to win. Even on nights when it’s not been graceful or pretty, we find a way. That’s what’s important.”
The game began like the Warriorettes would score early and often. Heather Roberts took the opening tip and put in a jumper in the first six seconds of the contest. The Warriorettes had tons of opportunities in the early going, but just couldn’t convert. Jessica Wilson did score the Warriorettes fourth points of the game at the 6:42 mark putting them up 4-0. By the time 1:30 had come off the clock, the Warriorettes had seven offensive rebounds, but only four points to show for it. A three pointer by Keshia Daniels gave WCHS a 7-0 lead with 5:17 still to play in the first quarter.
The Lady Tigers, coached by Mike Shockley, got their first points of the game with just over five minutes left in the period on a lay-up. They added another lay-up 20 seconds later to get within three, 7-4. A steal and lay-up by Aubrey Sims at the 3:25 mark ran the lead back to five. DeKalb County netted a three to cut their deficit to two, 9-7, with 2:45 left in the period. That would be their last points of the first quarter. A three pointer by Keshia Daniels, her second of the game, and a basket by Lacy Yslas, who returned to action after missing a game due to the holidays, pushed the Warriorettes out to a 14-7 lead at the end of one quarter.
Each team scored six points in the second quarter. Yslas scored again with just less than one minute gone by in the period to make it a nine-point game. DeKalb County had two field goals in the quarter, both three pointers. The first, at the 6:47 mark, made the score 16-10. A basket by Whitney Randolph 15 seconds later put the score at 18-10. Neither team would score for almost five minutes. The Warriorettes broke the drought with a basket by Tasha Delaney with 1:38 left in the half. The Lady Tigers’ second trey of the period came at the 1:20 mark. That would be the final points of the half. The Warriorettes went into the locker room leading 20-13.
WCHS scored only eight points in the third quarter, but increased their lead by eight points. DeKalb County did not score a single point in the period. The Warriorettes got all their points from their post players. Tasha Delaney scored the first three points netting one of two free throws and adding a field goal at the 4:39 mark. Yslas put in a two-point field goal exactly half way through the quarter and then stepped out and knocked down a three pointer with 55 seconds left in the quarter. The Warriorettes led 28-13 going into the final eight minutes of action.
DeKalb County ended their 9:35 drought and scored the first four points of the fourth quarter. They had a chance to cut further into the Warriorette lead, but missed a pair of free throws. Daniels knocked down her third trey of the game at the 4:56 mark for the Warriorettes’ first points of the final quarter.
The Lady Tigers would get to within nine, 33-24, but Daniels netted her fourth trey and started the Warriorettes on a 6-0 run to end the game and seal the win.
Of the 33 rebounds WCHS had in the game, 16 of them were offensive. They committed only 10 turnovers.
The defense was the difference in the contest limiting DeKalb County to only 10 field goals in the game.
The win improved the Warriorettes to 13-1 overall on the season.
In other second round girls’ action, Loudon defeated Clinton. Oakland took an overtime victory over Meigs County and McMinn County dealt a loss to Daniel Boone.
WC – 14 6 8 11 – 39
DC – 7 6 0 11 – 24
White Co. (39) – Lacy Yslas 11, Roberts 2, Keshia Daniels 13, Delaney 5, Sims 2, Wilson 4, Randolph 2.
DeKalb Co. (24) – Cynthia Woodward 14, Page 2, Bass 8.
Three point baskets – WC 5 (Daniels 4, Yslas), DC 4 (Woodward 4). Rebounds – WC 33 (Delaney 8, Wilson 7), DC 26. Assists – WC 9 (Page 4, Yslas 3). Steals – WC 9 (Daniels 3, Delaney 3). Turnovers – WC 10, DC 26.