Warriorettes struggle against Rhea

By | February 8, 2019 5:45 am

Alaina Stiles knocks down a three-pointer in Tuesday’s games against Rhea County. Stiles finished the game with 11 points.

It was a rough night on the road for the Warriorettes’ basketball team, on Tuesday night.

White County High School was playing on the road at Rhea County, in District 6AAA action, and hoping to end their losing streak. However, that was not to be.

The Warriorettes never really got into any kind of a rhythm. Rhea County controlled the tempo, and the outcome was a 72-48 loss to the Lady Eagles (14-13, 4-4). The loss dropped the Warriorettes to 21-6 on the season and 3-4 in District 6AAA play.

WCHS shot just 29 percent from the field overall, and, even though Rhea County didn’t shoot that much better (35 percent), they shot 48 percent (14 of 29) from behind the three-point line.

The Warriorettes got off to a quick start with Alaina Stiles leading the way, scoring all seven of the Warriorettes’ points to help them jump out to a 7-2 lead. Rhea County answered, scoring the next four points to take a 7-6 lead. The Warriorettes didn’t stay down long, as they got a three from Mia Murray and a free throw from Julia Curtis to take an 11-6 lead. However, Rhea County closed out the quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Rhea County Lady Eagles took control of the game. They opened up the quarter, scoring the first eight points of the quarter and took a 23-13 lead. The Warriorettes struggled to score in the quarter and didn’t get their first basket until the 3:03 mark when Stiles hit a layup to cut the lead to 23-15. Gracie Dodgen and Kendreah Reeves both followed that up with layups to cut the lead to 23-19, but Rhea County closed out the quarter scoring the final seven points and took a 30-19 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, the Warriorettes opened up the quarter on fire, outscoring Rhea County 15-9. Reeves got the Warriorettes going with a three. However, Rhea County answered with a three of their own, but a three by Murray and a layup by Dodgen cut the lead to 33-27. Rhea County answered with a 6-2 run to push their lead back to 10, but a layup by Murray and a three by Reeves cut the lead to 39-34, with four minutes remaining in the quarter. However, Rhea County closed out the quarter on a 14-6 run and took a 53-40 lead into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriorettes were never able to cut Rhea County’s lead to fewer than 10, as Rhea County outscored the Warriorettes 19-8 on their way to the win.

Murray led the Warriorettes with 12 points. Stiles and Reeves also finished in double figures, chipping in 11 and 10 points each.

The Warriorettes will now try and end their four-game losing skid, on Friday night, when they travel to McMinnville to take on the Warren County Lady Pioneers.

The Warriorettes and the Lady Pioneers met on Jan. 22, at Roy Sewell Gymnasium, with the Warriorettes coming out with a 70-32 win. Reeves led the Warriorettes with 23 points, and Dodgen chipped in 16.

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