Warriorettes open 2019 with their first loss of the season

By | January 7, 2019 7:23 am

Mia Murray knocks down one of her two three-point shots, on Friday night. Murray led the Warriorettes with 22 points.

The White County High School Warriorettes started the 2019 portion of their schedule suffering their first loss of the season.

The Warriorettes now stand at 16-1 on the season after suffering a 78-68 loss to DeKalb County (15-1), on Friday night.

The Warriorettes have two more non-districts contests, on Monday and Tuesday nights, before opening District 6-AAA play on Friday, at Cookeville.

On Friday night, the rims were kind to the Warriorettes. They shot 39 percent overall from the field. They were 18 of 46 from two and shot four of 10 from behind the arc. They also knocked down 19 of their 27 free-throw attempts.

DeKalb County finished the night shooting 46 percent from the field. They were 21 of 32 from two-point range and five of 24 from three. They would also knock down 21 of their 33 free throw attempts.

The Warriorettes opened up the game leading the entire first quarter, as Mia Murray would take control scoring six of her team-high 22 points in the quarter. The Warriorettes held on to a narrow 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second, the Warriorettes and the Lady Tigers traded leads throughout the quarter, but DeKalb would use an 11-3 run in the middle of the quarter to take a 25-18 lead. However, the Warriorettes got a three from Murray, a three-point play from Gracie Dodgen, and five straight points from Kendreah Reeves to close out the quarter on an 11-7 run but still trailed 32-29 heading into the locker room.

In the third quarter, the Warriorettes opened up the quarter on an 8-5 run to tie the game at 37-37, with 3:10 remaining in the quarter, The Lady Tigers, though, took control of the quarter from that point on. DeKalb County closed out the quarter on a 13-3 run with the three points coming from a Jenna Matthews three, with 1:37 remaining in the game. However, the Warriorettes would trail the Lady Tigers 50-40 heading into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter, DeKalb County continued to take control of the game, as they would get their lead to as much as 15 at the 2:48 mark. However, the Warriorettes didn’t go away and scored nine of the next 11 points to cut Lady Tigers’ lead to 72-64, with 1:04 remaining in the game, but that’s as close as the Warriorettes would get. DeKalb outscored the Warriorettes 6-4 over the final minute to pick up the 78-68 win.

Murray’s 22 points led the Warriorettes, on Friday night. Joining her in double figures Kendreah Reeves with 18 and Alaina Stiles with 10.

The Warriorettes will return to action, on Monday and Tuesday nights, this week. On Monday night, they return to the friendly confines of Roy Sewell Gymnasium to take on the Lady Warriors of Bledsoe County. The Warriorettes picked up a win over Bledsoe County, on Nov. 26, by a final score of 61-45 and will look to complete the season sweep, on Monday night.  On Tuesday night, the Warriorettes travel to Crossville to take on Cumberland County High School. This matchup will be the first meeting between the two teams this season. Tip-off for both games is set for 6 p.m.

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