Warriorettes survive and advance

Posted By | February 27, 2017 5:49 am

Last Updated: February 27, 2017 at 6:01 am

Hannah Leftwich gets hit in the face as she goes up for a shot on Friday night. Leftwich finished the game with 9 points. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

From Feb. 24, 2017 game

At this time of the year, it’s all about surviving and advancing, and the Warriorette basketball team did just that. The Warriorettes found themselves 21-27 at halftime, on Friday night, against a very athletic East Hamilton team on their home court in what could have been the season and the careers of the four seniors.

Over the remainder of the game, the Warriorettes outscored the Lady Hurricanes 33-24 for the 54-51 victory and secured a spot in the Region 3AAA semifinals.

The win helped the Warriorettes advance to the region semifinals where they will meet up with Cumberland County with a spot in the substate on the line.

The Warriorettes started the game off scoring the first point of the game when Hannah Leftwich got fouled and went to the line and hit one of her two free throws. But East Hamilton answered back scoring 6 straight points. Leftwich would get fouled on the next Warriorette possession, and she would get one of two from the line to make the score 6-2.

After an East Hamilton basket, Kaleigh Bray got the game back within 3 with a 3 to cut the lead to 5-8, with 4:21 left in the first quarter. But East Hamilton would score 5 straight points to extend their lead to 3. Then Deandra Luna would get the night going when she knocked down a 3 to cut the lead back to 5 at 13-8, with 2:05 remaining in the first quarter.

After an East Hamilton basket, Megan Anderson would hit a five-footer right before the buzzer sounded to cut the Lady Hurricanes lead to 5 heading into the second quarter with the score being 15-10.

In the second quarter, Leftwich got the quarter going again when she got a 3-point play the hard way. Leftwich made a layup and was fouled on the play. She would step to the line and hit her free throw to cut the lead to 15-13. East Hamilton would score 3 straight points to push their lead back to 5, but Luna would answer back with a 3 to cut their lead back down to 2, with 5:01 remaining in the half.

After an East Hamilton basket, on the Lady Hurricanes’ next possession, Luna would get a steal and a breakaway. She would pull up at the free throw line and hit the basket to cut the lead back to 20-18, with 3:16 remaining in the first half.

East Hamilton would hit a pair of free throws to go up by 4, and then Kanden Reeves would answer back with a 3 to cut the Lady Hurricanes lead down to one at 22-21, with 2:18 remaining in the first half. But East Hamilton would close out the half scoring 5 straight points and take a 27-21 lead into the locker room.

In the third quarter, the Warriorettes would come out hot scoring 4 straight points getting baskets from Luna and Brooke Stoglin to cut the lead back down to two, with 6:45 remaining in the third quarter.

After an East Hamilton basket, the Warriorettes would score 5 straight points to take their first lead since the 7:02 mark in the first quarter. Bray knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the lead to two, and then Kendreah Reeves would hit a 3 to give the Warriorettes their first lead at 30-29 with 4:27 remaining in the third quarter.

After an East Hamilton 3 to retake the lead, Reeves would knock down another 3 to give the Warriorettes the 33-32 lead with 4:02 remaining in the quarter. The Warriorettes and East Hamilton would trade baskets for the rest of the quarter, and the Warriorettes would take a 37-36 lead in the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter of play, East Hamilton came out and hit a 3 to take a 39-37 lead in the beginning seconds of the quarter, but Kendreah Reeves was there again to answer back with a 3 of her own to give the Warriorettes the lead again. East Hamilton would answer back with 4 straight points to take a 3-point lead.

Luna would answer back for the Warriorettes with a 3 to tie the game up at 43 all. After an East Hamilton basket to take the lead, Anderson would answer back with 3 to give the Warriorettes the 1-point lead at 46-45, with 5:36 remaining in the fourth quarter.

East Hamilton would get a 3-point play to take the lead back at 48-46, but Leftwich would tie the game back up at 48 when she knock down a pair of free throws, with 2:36 remaining in the final quarter of play.

After an East Hamilton basket to take the lead 50-48, the Warriorettes would close out the game on a 5-1 run to secure the victory. Luna would get it started, when she knocked down a layup to tie the game up at 50 all, with 1:09 remaining in the game. Then Bray would go to the line and hit one of two free throws to give the Warriorettes the 51-50 lead, with 38.2 seconds remaining. Kanden Reeves would then knock down one of two free throws to push the Warriorettes lead to 52-50, with 20 seconds remaining.

East Hamilton would then go to the free-throw line with a chance to tie the game but would only hit one of their two free throws, and Luna would grab the rebound on the second missed free throw. She was fouled and went to the line and hit both of her free throws to put the Warriorettes up by 3 with, 16.2 seconds remaining. East Hamilton final three-point attempt was off, and the Warriorettes got the rebound and secured their trip to the region semifinals.

With the win, the Warriorettes move to 23-9 on the season and will play against a very familiar foe in the Cumberland County Lady Jets with a shot at sub-state on the line. Cumberland County has won all three meetings this season, with each contest getting closer and closer. Their last game against each other was just a 10-point defeat in the district semifinals.

The big matchup will be played on Monday night at Bradley Central High School at 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT. The first game of the evening will be between Bradley Central and Stone Memorial. Bradley defeated Cookeville 69-35, and Stone Memorial was a 58-42 winner over McMinn County. The Semifinals ensure that at least one District 6 team will be in the Championship game on Wednesday.

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