Warriorettes fall to McMinn in consolation game
By Sparta Live | December 30, 2012 12:00 am
After falling into the consolation game, the Warriorettes found themselves matched up against a team, McMinn County, they had already beaten earlier this season.
In that game, the Warriorettes fell behind early to the Lady Cherokees, but battled back to take the win. This time, WCHS fell behind again, battled back to take the lead only to see McMinn (9-5) take back the lead and the 65-58 win giving them third place in the tournament.
The Lady Cherokees hurt the Warriorettes (11-4) off the drive in this contest. WCHS struggled to keep McMinn from getting to the basket and in the process, free throwing shooting proved to be a difference in the game.
McMinn went to the free throw line 32 times and converted 26 of those attempts. The Warriorettes was eight of 13 from the line.
Loren Foster led the Warriorettes with 20 points. Amber Hudgens was the only other WCHS player in double figures tossing in 10.
Coach Bryan Haley talked about what happened in this game for his team.
“We got off to a slow start and put ourselves behind the eight ball. I was proud of the way the girls responded in the second half, especially the third quarter. We got a good rhythm going and put together a really good stretch of ball throughout the third and first part of the fourth quarter. We built an eight-point lead and it seemed we hit a wall. We used a lot of energy to get to that point. We didn’t rotate our girls like we normally do because we felt the group we had in the game had a good rhythm together and we didn’t want to take away from that. We made a couple of turnovers late that hurt us and we didn’t finish the way we would have liked at the end. McMinn County has some good athletes and get after you on defense. We have got to learn from our mistakes and move forward.”
The lone WCHS leads of the first half came in the first two minutes. The Warriorettes scored first and then held a 3-2 lead. McMinn went on an 8-1 run and took a 10-4 lead before Krista King’s three ended the Warriorette drought. McMinn answered with a three and then added a pair of free throws and led 15-7 after one quarter.
The Warriorettes scored the first five points of the second period and were within three points, but McMinn went on a 17-5 run over the next seven minutes and took a 32-17 lead into the halftime break.
WCHS struggled to shoot the ball in the first half. They were six of 22 from the field over the first 16 minutes of the game.
The third quarter, however, belonged to the Warriorettes. They started the second half with a 15-2 run and tied the score at 34 on a basket by Hudgens with 2:06 left in the third quarter.
WCHS outscored MCHS 23-6 in the third quarter and extended that run over into the fourth quarter. Overall, it was a 30-7 run that took them from 15 down to eight up.
After having turned the ball over just five times in the first half, McMinn had 12 turnovers in the final two quarters. In the third quarter, the Cherokees turned the ball over six times and missed seven shots.
The Warriorettes took their first lead since the first minute of the game with 1:08 left in the third quarter on a steal and layup by Krista King. WCHS led 40-38 going into the fourth quarter.
Latha Wilson opened the third quarter with a three. In fact, the Warriorettes opened the fourth with a 7-1 run and took an eight-point lead. Kelsey Roberts’ basket with 6:19 left in the contest gave WCHS a 47-39 advantage.
McMinn responded with an 11-1 run to retake the lead. They went back ahead with 3:23 to go in the contest on a conventional three point play. On that play, Wilson fouled out of the game. The resulting free throw made the score 50-48.
King knotted the score again with a steal and lay-up with three minutes left in the game.
With just under two minutes to play, Haley Ward gave her team the lead for good when she knocked down a three pointer. Ward led the Cherokees with 22 points. That three pointer ignited a 9-0 McMinn run with six of the nine points coming from the free throw line. The closest WCHS would get the rest of the way was seven points.
McMinn converted 16 of 20 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Ward was 14 of 17 from the charity stripe in the contest.
The Warriorettes shot 39.3 percent overall from the field. They were 16 of 37 on two point attempts and made six of 19 three pointers. WCHS was eight of 13 from the free throw line.
McMinn shot 43 percent from the field. They hit just three of 12 three pointers, but as stated earlier made their living off drives to the basket and free throws.
The Warriorettes held a slim 29-28 rebounding advantage led by seven caroms from Kelsey Roberts and six by Latha Wilson.
The loss was the third in the last four games for the Warriorettes.
Haley talked about the tournament as a whole, “We played some very good competition and that will only make us better as the season goes. We didn’t play the way we had hoped, but we did have some good moments. It was a great event with a lot of great games on both sides. We would like to thank our sponsors, parents, and community volunteers for all their time and hard work. We had several folks that don’t have kids in the program that helped work the event and we really appreciate their support. This event creates additional revenue for both teams that really help our programs do the extra things for our players. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.”
Loren Foster was the lone Warriorette named to the All Tournament team.
Grainger became the fifth different team to win the Sonic Shootout on the girls’ side of the tournament. Grainger had to use overtime to stay undefeated and hold off Harpeth Hall in the championship game. Grainger took the 53-52 victory.
Clarkrange finished fifth in the tournament with a 62-40 win over Bledsoe County. Lebanon won the seventh place game defeating Franklin 63-34.
The Warriorettes will take a few days off before returning to action Friday, January 4th against Clarkrange at Roy Sewell Gymnasium. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.
WC – 7 10 23 18 – 58
MC – 15 17 6 27 – 65
White Co. (58) – Wilson 8, King 7, Quillen 9, Loren Foster 20, Amber Hudgens 10, Roberts 2, Taylor 2.
McMinn County. (65) – Haley Ward 22, Keke Smith 10, Guardilia 8, Rachel Burke 13, Madison Disrensa 12.
Records: WC 11-4, MC 9-5
Three point baskets – WC 6 (Foster 3, Wilson 2, King), MC 3 (Ward 2, Burke). Rebounds – WC 29 (Roberts 7, Wilson 6), MC 28 (Burke 7). Assists – WC 13 (Quillen 3), MC 7 (Guardilia 3). Steals – WC 13 (King 4), MC 8. Turnovers – WC 16, MC 17.