Warriorettes struggle against Stone

By | February 5, 2018 6:50 am

Mia Murray goes up for a shot in Friday’s game against Stone Memorial. Murray finished the game with 7 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

It was a rough night on their home court for the Warriorettes basketball team.

White County High School was playing host to Stone Memorial in District 6AAA action and hoping to keep pace with the leaders with a win. However, that was not to be.

The Warriorettes never really got into any kind of a rhythm. Stone Memorial controlled the tempo, and the outcome was a 59-40 win by the Lady Panthers (18-5, 5-1). The loss dropped the Warriorettes to 18-7 on the season and moved them to 3-3 in the District 6AAA race.

WCHS shot just 28 percent from the field overall, and, even though Stone Memorial didn’t shoot that much better (33 percent), the Warriorettes turned the ball over too many times to come away with the win.

The Warriorettes committed 22 miscues in the game while the Lady Panthers had just 14.

=Neither team shot very well from 3-point range. The Warriorettes were three of 17, and Stone Memorial was four of 19.

Stone Memorial took control from the start, jumping out to an early 8-0 lead. The Warriorettes would get a 3 from Julia Curtis to cut it to 8-3, but Stone would respond with 4 straight points to push their lead to 12-3. Hannah Leftwich would get a pair of free throws to go down at the 1:49 mark to make it 12-5, but a quick 3 by Stone would push their lead to 10. Mia Murray would answer the Lady Panthers 3 with a 3 of her own to cut the lead to 15-8. However, Stone would close out the quarter with a free throw and a basket, and the Warriorettes would trail 18-8 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Stone Memorial would get the first 4 points of the quarter to push their lead to 14, But a Gracie Dodgen 3 would cut it down to 22-11, with 5:06 remaining in the half. The Warriorettes and Lady Panthers would trade baskets the rest of the quarter, and the Lady Panthers would take a 19-29 lead over the Warriorettes into the locker room.

After halftime, Stone Memorial would get a 3-point play to start the quarter and push their lead to 32-19. The Lady Panthers and Warriorettes would then trade a free throw on their next possessions. The Warriorettes would answer with a layup from Murray and Kanden Reeves to make it 33-24 at the 5:11 mark, but Stone Memorial would respond with a 3 to push their lead to 12. Three straight points by Dodgen would cut the Lady Panthers’ lead to 36-21, but a Stone Memorial layup would make put their lead back to double digits. Reeves would close out the quarter with a layup to cut Stone’s lead to 38-29 heading into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter, Stone Memorial would get a basket to open the quarter and push their lead to 11, but layups from Reeves and Murray would cut the lead to 7 at 40-33. However, that is as close as the Warriorettes would get, as Stone would close out the game going 13-19 from the free throw line to win 59-40.

Reeves led the Warriorettes with 12 points, while Dodgen added 10. Those were the only two in double figures.

The Warriorettes remain at home Tuesday when Rhea County visits. When the two teams met earlier this season in Evensville, the Warriorettes couldn’t overcome the hot shooting of Rhea County, losing 90-64. The Warriorettes will close out their season, on Friday night, when they play host to Warren County. The Warriorettes used a big second-half comeback to overcome the Lady Pioneers winning 70-57. The Warriorettes will look to close out their season with two big wins.

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