Warriorettes hold off Lady Wildcats for eighth win of the season
By Andy Southard | December 6, 2018 1:13 pm
The Warriorette basketball team was able to hold off the Tullahoma Lady Wildcats for the 69-45 win, improving to 8-0 overall on the season.
White County High School put three players in double figures, led by the 17 points of Mia Murray. The sophomore hit seven shots inside the arc and was three of six from the free throw line in the contest. Julia Curtis chipped in 13 points, and Kanden Reeves added 10 points. Gracie Dodgen just missed double figures, tallying nine points.
The Warriorettes shot 49 percent from the field for the game. WCHS hit 18 of 27 two-point attempts and was five of 20 from three-point range. They were 13 of 18 from the charity stripe.
Tullahoma shot just 25 percent from the field. They were 11 of 42 from inside the arc and 3 of 13 from three. The Lady Wildcats also made 14 of 24 free throw attempts.
The Warriorettes lost the re
bounding advantage 31-27 but won the turnover battle 10-15.
The Warriorettes opened up the game with the lead on a Reeves three, but Tullahoma answered tying the game at three. WCHS retook the lead, and this time it was for good with a 9-0 run to take a 12-3 lead. Dodgen got a layup to get the run going, then a Curtis three made it 8-3. Murray followed that up with back-to-back layups to make it 12-3 in favor of the Warriorettes, with 3:45 remaining in the first quarter. The Warriorettes looked to have their lead all the way up to 10 by the end of the first quarter when Kendreah Reeves hit a layup to make it 20-10, with 59 seconds remaining. However, a layup by Tullahoma at the buzzer made it 20-12 in favor of the Warriorettes heading into the second quarter of play.
In the second quarter, Tullahoma opened up the quarter with a pair of free throws to cut the lead to six at 20-14. However, a 7-2 run by the Warriorettes pushed their lead to 12. Saige Johnson got the Warriorettes going with a three, and then six straight points by Murray made it 29-14, with 2:30 remaining in the half. Tullahoma closed out the half, scoring the final seven points to cut the lead to 29-21 at the half.
In the third quarter, both teams went back and forth throughout the quarter, with the Warriorettes holding on to their eight-point lead. The Warriorettes went on a 4-2 run to close out the quarter and led 44-35 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriorettes took control of the game and put it away. The Warriorettes opened up the quarter, with a 13-1 run to push their lead to 21 points and put the game out of reach. Johnson got the Warriorettes going with a layup 28 seconds into the quarter. Dodgen followed that up with a three 30 seconds later to make it 49-35. After a free throw by Tullahoma cut the lead to 13, the Warriorettes got an offensive rebound putback by Curtis. On the Warriorettes’ next possession, Kendreah Reeves missed a three-point attempt but hustled after the ball and stole it from a Tullahoma player. Kendreah Reeves found Mia Murray underneath the basket to give the Warriorettes a 53-36 lead. Curtis and Kanden Reeves then stepped to the line and sunk a pair of free throws to provide the Warriorettes, with a 60-38 lead, with 2:29 remaining. Tullahoma got their first basket of the quarter, with 2:47 remaining in the game, but a Kanden Reeves three, with 2:29 remaining, made it 60-38 and put the game away for the Warriorettes. Tullahoma outscored the Warriorettes 7-4 over the final two minutes, but the Warriorettes picked up the 64-45 win.
Coach Michael Dodgen had this to say about the win.
“It was a good road win for us,” he said. “Tullahoma is a very solid and physical team. We handled ourselves very well in some tough situations and were able to come away with a win. I was proud of our team’s effort.”
The Warriorettes will now take the rest of the week off and get some much-needed rest after playing four games in nine days. The Warriorettes will return to action Dec. 11 when they travel to Red Bank High School. The Warriorettes picked up the win against Red Bank, on Nov. 30, by a final score of 65-39. The Warriorettes will look to pick up the season sweep on Dec.11, at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT.