Warriorettes open 2018 with a win
By Andy Southard | January 8, 2018 8:13 am
White County High School Warriorettes got the 2018 portion of their schedule off with a win during the first Friday night of the New Year.
The Warriorettes now stand at 13-3 on the season after defeating DeKalb County 63-36.
The Warriorettes have one more non-district contest, on Tuesday night, at home, against Cumberland County High School, before they open District 6AAA play.
On Friday night, the Warriorettes were two different teams between the first half and the second half. In the first half, the Warriorettes and DeKalb County stayed close the whole half with the most significant lead being 10 points by the Warriorettes in the first quarter, but in the second half, the Warriorettes outscored the Lady Tigers 36-17 to pull away and pick up the win.
The Warriorettes never trailed the Lady Tigers on Friday night and using an early 9-0 lead to try and pull away early. The Warriorettes would get their biggest lead of the first half at the 2:26 mark when Lauren Turner knocked down a layup to give the Warriorettes a 15-5 lead. However, DeKalb County would knock down a pair of 3-pointers in between a Hannah Leftwich layup to take the Warriorettes’ lead down to 17-11 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Lady Tigers would knock down a 3 to cut the Warriorettes’ lead down to 17-14, but a Mia Murray free throw would make it 18-14, with 3:05 remaining in the half. After a 3 by DeKalb County to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 1, the Warriorettes would outscore DeKalb 7-2 to end the first half. Kendreah Reeves would get a couple of free throws to make it 20-17 in favor of the Warriorettes. On the Warriorettes’ next possession Paige Parker would knock down a 3 to push the Warriorettes’ lead to 23-17, with 57 seconds remaining in the half, and Gracie Dodgen would knock down a pair of free throws at the end of the half to make it 25-17, with 12.2 seconds remaining in the half. DeKalb would get a couple of free throws at the end of the half, but the Warriorettes would lead 25-17 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Warriorettes would open the quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 32-19 lead, with 4:26 remaining in the quarter. Dodgen got the Warriorettes going with a 3 to push it to 28-19 and then on the next possession where Leftwich would get a layup to make it 30-19. Julia Curtis would cap off the run with a pair of free throws to make it 32-19. After a DeKalb basket, the Warriorettes would get baskets from Parker and Curtis to extend their lead to 36-21, with 3:45 remaining in the quarter. Both DeKalb County and the Warriorettes would then trade a couple of free throws to make it 38-23, with 2:13 remaining. DeKalb County would get the next basket to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 13, but Murray would get back-to-back layups at the end of the quarter to push the Warriorettes’ lead to 42-25 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter of play, Murray would pick up right where she left off in the third quarter, knocking down a layup to start the fourth, and she would also be fouled on the play. She would step to the line and knock down the free throw to give the Warriorettes a 45-25 lead, with 7:52 remaining in the final quarter of play. DeKalb County would then go three of six from the free throw line to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 45-28. However, the Warriorettes would answer back with 8 straight points to push their lead to 25. Dodgen would get a steal and a pull-up jumper to give the Warriorettes a 53-28 lead. DeKalb County would get the Warriorettes’ lead down to 21, but consecutive baskets from Curtis would push the Warriorettes’ lead back to 25 at 59-34. The Warriorettes would close out the game on a 4-2 run with a win by a final score of 63-36.
After the game, Warriorettes’ coach Michael Dodgen had this to say about the game.
“Our mental focus early against DeKalb County was substantial, but in the second quarter we reverted to some of our past problems that have haunted us offensively,” he said. “We struggled, but you have to give DeKalb County some credit. They controlled the tempo in the first half and made us work for things, and we didn’t handle that very well. After halftime, though, I felt like we played some excellent basketball and got after some people on the defensive side of the ball, and it made for some easier buckets for us offensively. I feel like this team can continue to grow every day and every game if they will focus in and work hard play to play and do things the right way. We have to continue to get better and get ready for a tough district schedule ahead of us.”
The Warriorettes were back in action, on Saturday, when they traveled down to Signal Mountain High School, but the score and stats were unavailable at press time. The Warriorettes return to action, on Tuesday night, when they play host to Cumberland County High School. The Warriorettes will get the night going at 6 p.m., with the Warriors to follow. The Warriorettes will then get their District 6AAA season started, on Friday night, when they play host to Cookeville High School. The Warriorettes will look to get their district record off on the right foot and pick up their first district win of the season.