Warriorettes win Sunshine Classic Championship
By Sparta Live | January 3, 2019 8:58 am
Last Updated: January 3, 2019 at 9:00 am
By Eli Rushing
The White County Warriorettes capped off a fantastic run in the Sunshine Classic with a victory versus the Maroons of Pulaski County in the championship game.
Despite struggles from star guard Gracie Dodgen, the Warriorettes were able to overcome and bring the trophy back home to Sparta.
The first quarter opened with a familiar sight for Warrior faithful, speedy attacks to the basket by Kendreah Reeves and Mia Murray. The Warriorettes did not stray too far out of their wheelhouse as they tried to keep the game flowing at a steady pace and play committed defense. They held a 10-7 advantage at the end of the first and built that lead in the second.
Pulaski shot a respectable percentage from three, but they were unable to finish inside against the strong presence of Julia Curtis and company. The Warriorettes continued to get out and run following Pulaski misses and held a 22-17 lead at the half.
Third quarter struggles plagued White County, as Dodgen missed several good looks and Murray was hit with a questionable technical foul. Reeves also got into foul trouble and was forced to sit for a large portion of the period as the tempo dragged and the Maroons finished the third with a 27-29 lead over the Warriorettes.
Dodgen finally broke her cold streak to start the final quarter as she hit a three in the opening minute. From there, the girls fought to drive hard into the lane and were able to increase the tempo of the game once again. Many free throw attempts were taken, and White County rebuilt its lead to a final of 45-39.
Reeves led the Warriorettes with 12 points, as Murray added 11. Reeves assisted on two baskets, and Curtis grabbed 10 rebounds. Curtis, Reeves, and Murray were named to the All-Tournament Team, and Dodgen received tournament MVP for her efforts.