Warriorettes fall in the Region Semifinals

By | March 2, 2017 7:52 am

Deandra Luna drives to the line and makes a pass in Monday night’s loss to Cumberland County. Luna finished the game with 14 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The 2016-17 Warriorette basketball season came to a close Monday night in the Region 3AAA semifinals at the hands of Cumberland County at Bradley Central High School. The Lady Jets’ defensive pressure was just too much for the Warriorettes to overcome. The Warriorettes just couldn’t ever get anything started. The Warriorettes never led in the game, but they only trailed by 3, with a score of 10-13 at the end of the first quarter.

Cumberland County used a strong second and third quarter to pull away from the Warriorettes on their way to 65-41 win.

Cumberland County started the scoring off, on Monday night, by getting a layup and getting fouled. They would make their free throw to take an early 3-0 lead. But Deandra Luna would answer back when she would go to the free throw line and make a pair of free throws to make the score 3-2, with 6:12 left in the first quarter.

The Lady Jets would answer back with a 7-0 run to take a 10-2 lead. But the Warriorettes would storm back with their own 6-0 run by Luna to cut the lead to 10-8. Cumberland County would then hit a 3 to take a 13-8 lead, but Hannah Leftwich would get a basket with 25 seconds remaining in the first quarter to make the score 13-10, and that would be the score heading into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Warriorettes would get a basket from Leftwich to start the quarter off and make the score 13-12. But Cumberland County would answer back with a pair of free throws to push their lead to 3. Julia Curtis would get her night going next when she got an offensive rebound and put it back up to cut the Lady Jets lead to 15-14, with 4:30 remaining in the half. The Lady Jets would answer back with a 3 to extend their lead to 4. Leftwich would get a layup at the 3:51 mark to pull the Warriorettes within 2. But the Lady Jets would end the half on a 12-3 run and take a 32-19 lead into the locker room.

The Warriorettes would start the second half getting the first basket of the half from Curtis to cut the Lady Jets lead to 32-21. But the Lady Jets would get 7 straight points to extend their lead to 18. Luna would hit a 3 at the 6:17 mark to cut the lead down to 39-24, but the Warriorettes were able to get any closer until the 2:46 mark when Leftwich would score 4 straight points for the Warriorettes to cut the lead to 46-33.

But Cumberland County would close out the quarter scoring 6 straight points to take a 52-33 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter of play, Cumberland County would outscore the Warriorettes 13-8 to win by a final of 65-41.

The loss ends the Warriorettes’ season at 23-10 and brings to a close the careers of four seniors: Deandra Luna, Kaleigh Bray, Brooke Stoglin and Lexi Wilhite.

After the game, head coach Michael Dodgen had this to say about the Warriorettes season, “I feel like we have had a good year of basketball. We had a lot of highs and lows with our program. We have had to handle a lot of adversity, but these young ladies have represented White County High School in an excellent manner and had a great post season run. We just happened to come up short tonight.

Dodgen also had this to say about his four seniors, “Our senior class was great and have young ladies in that class that is going to do great things with their lives as they move on. I am very proud to have coached them and had them in the Warriorette basketball family.”

Cumberland County advanced on to Wednesday’s Region Championship game against Bradley Central, a 75-49 winner over Stone Memorial in the other region semifinal game. Those two will advance to the sectionals and will take on Riverdale (29-0) the nation’s #1 ranked team by USA Today, and Stewarts Creek (22-5), who is the state #6 team. Sectionals will be played all across the state on Saturday.

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