Warriorettes fall to Alcoa in Winterfest title game
By Sparta Live | December 23, 2012 12:00 am
The Warriorettes (10-2) made their first appearance in two tries in the Winterfest Shootout championship game, but was never really able to get over the hurdle and fell 62-57 to Alcoa (6-5).
WCHS led four times in the game, but never by more than two points. Three of those leads came in the first quarter of play. The Warriorettes, however, trailed by as many as 11, but always battled back and in fact took a lead in the third quarter.
Loren Foster led WCHS with 23 points with 15 coming from beyond the three-point arc. Kelsey Roberts was the only other Warriorette in double figures netting 10.
Coach Bryan Haley talked about the championship game, “Alcoa shot the ball extremely well throughout the game. They really made several clutch shots in the second half. It seemed every time we got even or had a chance to take the lead, they made a big shot. We played pretty well overall. I thought Loren had a great game, and so did some other girls. It was a very physical game and we hung in there and fought until the final horn. We just came up a little short. We have nothing to hang our heads about.”
Roberts hit back-to-back threes in the third quarter that, sandwiched around an Alcoa lay-up, gave the Warriorettes their lone lead of the game after the first quarter. Her first three tied the score at 36 with 4:40 still to play in the third. After an Alcoa basket, her second trey gave the Warriorettes a 39-38 advantage at the 3:25 mark of the quarter.
It truly seemed that every time the Warriorettes made a big play, Alcoa had the answer.
They answered Roberts’ trey with a three of their own allowing WCHS to hold the lead for all of nine seconds. Alcoa would go back up by four before the end of the frame, but baskets by Roberts and Taylor knotted the score at 43 going into the final eight minutes of action.
Early in the fourth quarter, it was Alcoa who was trying to pull away and each time, the Warriorettes answered. After a Tornado three, Foster answered with one to keep the Warriorette deficit at three. However, Alcoa scored six straight to build a seven-point advantage with 5:38 left in the game.
A trey by Foster cut the deficit to four. After each team hit one of two free throws, a basket by Bella Taylor got the Warriorettes within two with 3:32 still to play in the contest.
The Warriorettes had their opportunities late as Alcoa struggled throughout the game from the charity stripe. For the contest, they were five of 16 from the line. In the final 3:30, they failed to hit a free throw in five attempts leaving the door open for WCHS.
After Alcoa missed the front end of a situation, Quillen went to the lien with 2:58 left. She made one of two making it a one-point game. Even though they couldn’t hit a free throw, they made some from further out.
Alcoa hit a three with 2:43 left to push the lead back to four. After a Roberts’ basket, the Tornado hit another long-range shot and increased their lead to five points with 1:48 left in the contest.
WCHS missed a three on their end with 1:25 left, but Alcoa turned the ball over five seconds later. The Warriorettes returned the favor though. Then it was another miss from the free throw line for Alcoa and a missed shot on the other end for WCHS.
Finally with 47 seconds to play, Quillen drove and scored making the score 60-57. After the timeout, Alcoa broke the Warriorette press for a lay-up pushing their lead back to five and that would be all of the scoring.
The Warriorettes missed a three on their end and then Alcoa missed two more free throws. WCHS could not convert in the final 19 seconds and the Tornado took the 62-57 win.
The first lead for Sparta came on the initial basket of the contest by Amber Hudgens following a Quillen steal. After an Alcoa three, a Foster basket gave WCHS the second of their four leads in the game. The third lead came on back-to-back threes by King and Wilson for a 12-10 Warriorette lead. However, an Alcoa three gave them the lead back with 2:19 left in the fist quarter.
The Tornado would go on to lead by as many as 11 early in the second quarter. WCHS got to within two when they went on a 7-0 run later in the period. Foster scored five of those points made it a 28-26 lead with 2:25 left in the half. Alcoa went on to lead 30-26 at the break.
The Warriorettes turned the ball over 19 times in the game compared to 14 by Alcoa. WCHS did hold a 34-26 rebounding advantage led by the 11 caroms of Amber Hudgens.
The difference in the contest came in the shooting percentages. Each team hit nine threes, but Alcoa attempted only 14 compared to the 26 attempts by WCHS. Overall, the Tornado shot 50 percent from the field. They hit 64 percent of their threes. But, they struggled mightily from the free throw line going five of 16.
The Warriorettes shot 36 percent overall. They were 13 of 35 on two point shots and nine of 26 outside the arc. They were four of six on charity tosses.
Haley added about his team’s overall play in the tournament, “I thought we played overall really well. We played some very talented teams and were able to come away with two wins. We didn’t finish the way we wanted, but it wasn’t due to lack of effort or desire. As a coach, that is all you can ask for.”
The Warriorettes (10-2) will be back in action later this week when they host the Sonic Shootout, which runs December 27-29. The WCHS girls will open play in the tournament against Bledsoe County (4-7) Thursday at 6 p.m.
WC – 14 12 17 14 – 57
AHS – 18 12 13 19 – 62
White Co. (57) – Wilson 5, King 3, Quillen 5, Loren Foster 23, Hudgens 6, Kelsey Roberts 10, Taylor 5.
Alcoa (62) – Katie Stubblefield 18, Tara Shields 12, Kayla Newman 14, Moore 6, Troutt 9, Tate 3.
Records: WC 10-2, AHS 6-5
Three point baskets – WC 9 (Foster 5, Roberts 2, King, Wilson), AHS 9 (Shields 4, Newman 2, Stubblefield 2). Rebounds – WC 34 (Hudgens 11, Wilson 8), AHS 26. Assists – WC 15 (Wilson 4). Steals – WC 5 (Quillen 2). Turnovers – WC 19, AHS 14.