Warriors and Warriorettes get wins on the first day of Sonic Shootout

Posted By | December 22, 2016 6:47 am

Last Updated: December 22, 2016 at 6:52 am

Hunter Copeland going up for two of his 14 points on Tuesday night. (Photos by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The Warriors and Warriorettes both got wins on Tuesday night in their first game of the Sonic Shootout.

In the boys’ game, the Warriors defeated the Tullahoma Wildcats 84-26. The Warriors would not only get the win, but Pierce Whited would score his 1,000-point as a Warrior.

In the girls’ game, the Warriorettes came away with a 78-62 victory over the Murfreesboro Central Magnet Lady Tigers.

In the boys’ game, the Warriors got the scoring started quickly. In the first 15 seconds of the game, the Warriors already had a 3-0 lead. Cole Crosland found Pierce Whited in the left corner for an open three to open up the game. Tullahoma would answer back with a three of their own. With 6:45 left to go in the first quarter, Pierce White did something that all high school players dream of when the start their careers – Whited hit the 1,000-point mark with a layup underneath the basket to get him to that mark and also give the Warriors a 5-3 lead.

Tullahoma would come down and answer back, but after that basket by Tullahoma, the Warriors would go on a 14-1 run. Jared Carter started the run by hitting back-to-back threes. Then Tullahoma would make one of its two free throws, but after they made their free throw, it would be Whited’s turn to hit two three’s on back-to-back possessions. Logan Swoape would cap off the run by making both two free throws after he was fouled.

After the free throws, the Warriors held a 19-6 lead. Tullahoma would come down and hit a three to put the score at 19-9, and then the Warriors would finish the quarter on a 12-1 run. The run was capped off with a Crosland layup, as time expired to end the first. At the end of the first quarter, the Warriors held a 31-10 lead.

In the second quarter, Warriors didn’t stop their scoring. With 4:00 to go in the quarter, Crosland found Malik Murray on the block. Murray caught the pass and went up for the shot and made the shot and got fouled. Murray would make his free throw to push the Warriors’ lead to 35-10.

To end the quarter, Crosland and Hunter Copeland would combine to score 13 points to give the Warriors a 48-18 lead heading into the break.

In the second half, the Warriors would outscore the visiting Wildcats 36-8 to give the Warriors a win by a final score of 84-26. All Warriors starters finished with double-digit points on the night. The Warriors were led in scoring by Whited, with 16 points. Jared Carter and Hunter Copeland each added 14 points apiece. Other scorers were: Cole Crosland (13), Logan Swoape (11), Malik Murray (6), Saylor Wilson (4), Thomas Dalton (2), and David Kinser (1).

In the girls’ game, the Warriorettes used the three-ball to take the lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Like the Warriors’ game, the Warriorettes got on the scoreboard quick.

Deandra Luna was able to get the tip and find Hannah Leftwich underneath the basket for the first two points of the game. After a Lady Tiger turnover, Luna was able to find some open space on top of the key and hit a three to give the Warriorettes a 5-0 lead. On the Warriorettes’ next possession, Luna was able to find an open driving lane. She drove to the basket and hit her layup to give the Warriorettes an early 7-0 lead and make the Lady Tigers coach take an early timeout. After the timeout, Central Magnet would score the next three points to cut the lead to 7-3, but the Warriorettes would hit two threes in a row to push the lead to 13-3. Kaleigh Bray and Luna would each hit a three. Bray would finish the quarter hitting three more threes to give the Warriorettes a 22-12 lead at the end of one.

In the second quarter, Luna would get the Warriorettes going again. With 7:30 remaining in the quarter, Luna found space on the right side of the court and hit a 3 to give the Warriorettes a 25-12 lead. After a Lady Tiger turnover, Kendreah Reeves would hit a layup to put the Warriorettes up 27-12. Central Magnet would cut the lead down to 5 but then, with 2:39 left to go, Luna would find Leftwich again underneath the basket to bring the lead back to 7. After Central Magnet had gone 1 of 2 from the free throw line, Luna saw Bray in the Corner and threw her the ball, and she knocked down the three to give the Warriorettes a 34-24 lead.

At the end of the quarter, with 8.6 seconds left to go, Luna caught a pass in the corner and drilled an open three. On the inbounds pass, Luna then stole the pass from the Central Magnet girl and hit a layup to give the Warriorettes a 42-26 lead heading into halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Tigers were never able to cut into the Warriorettes lead, as both teams scored 36 points in the second half. The closest the game got in the second half was 11 in the third quarter, but the Warriorettes were able to get the lead back up to 16 by the end of the quarter.

Luna led all scorers, with 26 points. She also added fourteen assists for her first double-double of the year. Leftwich and Bray also chipped in 20 points apiece. Brooke Stoglin added 5 points, and Jessie Green came away with 3. Kendreah Reaves and Megan Anderson each finished with 2 points apiece to round out the Warriorettes scoring.

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