Warriorettes hold off Lady Cavs for Thursday win
By Andy Southard | January 15, 2018 7:59 am
In front of a packed house, the White County High School Warriorettes held off a late-surging Lady Cavalier team for the 62-55 win to pick up their first District 6AAA win of the season.
The Warriorettes (15-4, 1-0) used a strong third quarter to take the lead and then held on late, going 7-10 from the free throw line over the final 2:06 to secure the win.
Freshman Gracie Dodgen led the way to the win, tossing in 23 points. Mia Murray, a freshman post, joined her in double figures with 13 points, as the Warriorettes led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter but had to hold off Cookeville (11-10, 0-2) who got to within 3 in the final minute. WCHS polished off the win at the charity stripe.
The Warriorettes fell behind early, trailing 3-0, but the Warriorettes would retake the lead, scoring 8 straight points. Hannah Leftwich got the scoring started for the Warriorettes with a pair of free throws to cut the Lady Cavs lead to 3-2. On the Lady Cavs’ next possession, Dodgen would come up with a steal and pass it ahead to Kanden Reeves who would be fouled on her attempt. Reeves would go 1-2 from the line to tie the game up at 3-3, with 6:31 remaining in the game. Dodgen would then score the next 5 points for the Warriorettes, knocking down a 3 from the top of the key, and hitting a pair of free throws to give the Warriorettes an 8-3 lead, with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter. Cookeville would respond with a basket to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 8-5. However, the Warriorettes would get back-to-back baskets from Dodgen and Murray to extend their lead to 12-5, but Cookeville would close out the quarter with 5 straight points to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Cookeville would take the lead, scoring the first 3 points of the quarter to take a 13-12 lead, but the Warriorettes would regain the lead after a Murray layup to give the Warriorettes a 14-13 lead. Both teams would trade the lead back and forth the rest of the quarter, with neither team leading by more than a point until the time would expire at the half, with Cookeville making a layup and taking a 25-22 lead into the locker room.
After halftime, the Warriorettes would take control of the game. Cookeville would knock down a 3 to get the scoring started to give the Lady Cavs a 28-22 lead. However, the Warriorettes would battle back to tie the game up at 28-28 with 6 straight points. A layup by Leftwich and back-to-back layups by Murray would tie the game up at 28-28, with 5:55 remaining in the quarter. After a free throw by the Lady Cavs would give them a 1-point lead, senior Paige Parker would knock down a 3 to provide the Warriorettes with the edge at 31-29, with 5:36 remaining in the game. Cookeville would answer back with a basket to tie the game back up at 31 all, but the Warriorettes would respond with 10 straight points to take a 41-31 lead. A pair of free throws from Dodgen and a free throw by Murray would give the Warriorettes a 34-31 lead, with 3:26 remaining. On the next Warriorette possession, Jessie Green would knock down a 3 from the corner to extend the Warriorettes’ lead to 37-31. The Warriorettes would then get a pair of free throws from Murray and Dodgen to lengthen their lead 41-31, with 2:02 remaining in the third quarter. The Lady Cavs, though, would close out the quarter, going 5-11 from the free throw line, but the Warriorettes would hold on to a 41-36 lead heading into the final quarter play.
In the fourth quarter, Cookeville would get the quarter going with a layup to cut the Warriorettes’ lead 3, but the Warriorettes would answer with back-to-back 3’s from Dodgen, which was separated by a free throw from Cookeville, to push their lead to 47-39. After a free throw by Cookeville cut the lead to 7, Kendreah Reeves would knock down a 3 to push the Warriorettes’ lead to 50-40, with 5:37 remaining in the game. Cookeville would then cut the Warriorettes’ lead back down to 6 after back-to-back baskets, but the Warriorettes would get a free throw from Murray and Kendreah Reeves to push it back to eight. Cookeville would then cut the Warriorettes’ lead back down to 5, but a pair of free throws from Kendreah Reeves would make it 54-47, with 2:06 remaining. Cookeville would then get a 3 to cut the Warriorettes’ lead down to 4, but a basket from Kanden Reeves and a pair of free throws from her twin sister would push the Warriorettes’ lead back up to 8 at 58-50, with 42 seconds remaining in the game. Cookeville would then get 5 straight points to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 3, but the Warriorettes would ice the game, going 4-6 from the free throw line over the final 27 seconds to secure the 62-55 win.
After the win, Coach Michael Dodgen had this to say about his team.
“Really proud of our team and their effort tonight,” he said. “By no means was the game pretty, on Thursday night, but we will take a win any way we can get it and improve to 1-0 in district play. I thought our young kids did a good job handling the environment and playing at a high level. We are steadily getting better and need to be at our best over the next three road games in league play. Cookeville did a good job of keeping us off balance tonight with different defenses, but I thought we did a good job in the third quarter with lots of energy and some big plays.”
With the win, the Warriorettes move to 15-4 on the season and 1-0 on District 6AAA play. The Warriors and Warriorettes will hit the road for their next three games. The first of those three will be Tuesday night when the Warriors and Warriorettes travel to Stone Memorial High School to take on Panthers. The Lady Panthers are 1-0 in District 6AAA and were supposed to play Rhea County on Friday night, but because of the inclement weather, that game was postponed. The Lady Panthers are 14-3 on the season, with their three losses coming from Riverdale, Cumberland County, and Bradley Central. Tuesday night’s game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.