Warriorettes pick up a vital district win over Rhea County
By Andy Southard | February 8, 2018 9:30 am
Even after losing to Rhea County early in the season, the Warriorettes 76-65 win over the Lady Eagles, on Tuesday, night keeps them right where they want to be – in the thick of the district race.
The Warriorettes’ win secured that they can finish no lower than third place, which ensures their spot in the Regionals, but it also means they can still finish in a tie for second place, with a Rhea County loss to Stone Memorial and a Warriorettes’ win over Warren County.
Against the Lady Eagles (22-5, 5-2), the Warriorettes would lead by 2 points at the end of the first quarter, but by the end of the second quarter, the Warriorettes had extended that to a 10-point lead. The Warriorettes would have to hold on late but would secure the win.
The Warriorettes would only trail once in the game in the second quarter. However, that would only last for 28 seconds, and, after that, the Warriorettes would never trail again.
Gracie Dodgen scored the first 2 points of the game to give the Warriorettes an early 2-0 advantage. After a Rhea County basket would tie the game at 2-2, the Warriorettes would score the next 7 points to take a 9-2 lead. Paige Parker would get a 3-point play at the 6:38 mark to get the run started, then baskets from Julia Curtis and Hannah Leftwich would extend the lead. Rhea County would respond with 4 straight points to cut it to 9-6, but a 3 by Kendreah Reeves at the 1:57 mark would make it 12-6. After back-to-back 3’s from Rhea County tied the game at 12-12, Mia Murray would knock down a pair of free throws, with 11 seconds remaining in the quarter, to give the Warriorettes the 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Rhea County would open the quarter with a basket to tie the game up at 14. A free throw from Murray would give the Warriorettes a 15-14, lead but Rhea County would answer right back with a quick basket to take their only lead of the game at 16-15. The Warriorettes would respond with a free throw from Dodgen to tie the game at 16, and then a 3 by Kanden Reeves would give the Warriorettes a 19-16 lead, with 5:22 remaining in the half. The Warriorettes would trade baskets for most of the quarter, but with the Warriorettes leading 28-25, the Warriorettes would score 7 straight points and take a 35-25 lead into the half. Kendreah Reeves (2), Dodgen (3), and Leftwich (2) would all score at the end of the quarter.
The third quarter was all about runs for both teams. Rhea County would start off the quarter scoring the first 4 points to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 35-29. However, the Warriorettes would respond scoring the next 10 points. Leftwich would get the run started with an offensive putback to make it 37-29. After a 3 from Kendreah Reeves put the Warriorettes up by 11, her sister Kanden Reeves would hit a layup to make it 42-29, with 5:40bremaining in the third quarter. Dodgen would then get a free throw to extend the lead to 14, and Leftwich would close out the run with a layup to make it 45-29 with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter. The Lady Eagles would respond, though, scoring 14 straight points to cut the Warriorettes lead to 45-43. The Warriorettes would close out the quarter outscoring Rhea County 6-5 to take a 51-48 lead into the final quarter of play.
In the final quarter of play, the Warriorettes would open the quarter with 5 straight points. Parker would hit a 3 to open the quarter, and Kanden Reeves would get a layup at the 6:13 mark to 56-48. Both teams would then score 4 straight points each to make it 60-52. Rhea County would then get a free throw to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 7, but 5 consecutive points from Murray and a layup from Dodgen put the Warriorettes up 67-53, with 3:13 remaining. Both teams would close out the game scoring 9 points each, but the Warriorettes would pull out the 76-65 win.
Five Warriorettes were in double figures led by Dodgen and Kendreah Reeves who finished with 15 points each. Leftwich and Kanden Reeves chipped in 13 points each, with Leftwich adding 11 rebounds to finish with the double-double. Murray rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points.
The Warriorettes shot 43 percent overall from the field for the game, which included six of 15 3-point attempts and 18 of 41 2-point attempts. Rhea County checked in at 29 percent. They hit seven of 34 attempts from three and made 12 of their 31 attempts inside the arc.
The Warriorettes outrebounded the Lady Eagles 44 to 29. The Warriorettes finished the game with 26 turnovers to Rhea County’s 17 miscues.
With the win, the Warriorettes move to 19-7 on the year and 4-3 overall in district play. The Warriorettes will return to action, on Friday night, when they play host to Warren County. The Warriorettes will celebrate their four seniors and look to pick up their second straight district win for the first time this season. Senior night will take place before the Warriorettes’ game.