Warriorettes fall to Lady Cavaliers for the second time
By Andy Southard | January 31, 2019 9:49 am
For the second time in as many meetings, a fourth-quarter comeback by the Warriorettes (21-4, 3-2) came up short against the Lady Cavaliers (19-7, 4-2).
Cookeville picked up the 60-59 win and took a half a game lead on the Warriorettes for second place in the district.
The Warriorettes had four players finish in double figures. Mia Murray led the team with 17 points. Kendreah Reeves finished with 14, Alaina Stiles chipped in 12, and Gracie Dodgen tallied 10 points.
On Tuesday night, the Warriorettes got off to a good start in the first quarter. After falling behind 5-2, the Warriorettes got two layups from Murray and a layup from Reeves to take an 8-5 lead. After a pair of free throws from Cookeville cut the lead to one, Dodgen hit a three to push the lead to 11-7, with 3:30 remaining. Cookeville cut the lead to one, but a layup by Stiles and a pair of free throws from Murray made it 15-9 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Cookeville got the scoring going with a layup, but a pair of free throws from Julia Curtis and Reeves gave the Warriorettes their biggest lead of the game at 19-11, with 6:29 remaining. However, five straight points from Cookeville cut the lead to three. Dodgen knocked down a free throw, and Stiles hit a layup to push the lead to 22-17, but five straight points by Cookeville tied the game at 22. Both teams got a basket at the end of the quarter, and both sides went into halftime tied up at 24-24.
To begin the third quarter, Cookeville opened up the quarter and took their first lead of the game that they didn’t give up. They hit a three to go up 27-24. Dodgen then stepped to the free throw line for a free throw after a technical foul on a Cookeville player. She hit one of the two free throws to cut the lead to two, but Cookeville scored the next five points to push their lead to 32-25. However, the Warriorettes didn’t go away, as Murray got a three-point play the hard way, and Curtis knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the lead back to two. Both teams traded threes, but five consecutive points by Cookeville push their lead to 33-40. The Warriorettes answered with a three from Reeves and a free throw by Murray to cut the lead to 37-40. However, Cookeville scored three points to the Warriorettes’ two to take a 43-39 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
In the fourth quarter, Reeves knocked down a three to open the quarter and cut the Lady Cavaliers lead to one. However, an 11-2 run by Cookeville pushed their lead to 10 at 54-44. After both teams traded baskets to make it 56-46, the Warriorettes scored the next eight points to cut the Lady Cavaliers’ lead to two at 56-54, with three minutes remaining in the game. The Warriorettes outscored Cookeville 5-4 over the final three minutes but came up short 60-59.
The Warriorettes shot 28 percent overall for the game. They were nine of 35 on two-point shots but made just five of 15 attempts outside the arc. White County High School was 26 of 33 from the charity stripe.
Cookeville also shot 28 percent overall for the game. They were 10 of 40 from inside the arc and made eight of their 24 three-point attempts. They were 16 of 22 from the free throw line.
The Warriorettes won the rebounding battle 33-32 but lost the turnover battle 16-11.
WCHS now must put the loss behind them and head to Stone Memorial, on Friday night, for a battle with the Lady Panthers, who are in first place.
The Warriorettes defeated the Lady Panthers 60-51 at home, on Jan. 15, and will need to pick up a win again to keep their first-place hopes alive. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.