Warriors bounce back with a win over Rhea County
By Andy Southard | February 8, 2019 5:47 am
The Warriors showed no ill effects from their disappointing loss to Stone Memorial in their previous outing, as they got off to a fast start against Rhea County and held off the Golden Eagles for the 77-61 win Tuesday night, in Rhea County.
The Warriors jumped out to a double-digit lead by the end of the third quarter but had to hold off a late surge to improve to 4-3 in district play and wrap up third place in the district.
After struggling to score points against Stone Memorial, on Friday, and only having one player in double figures, White County High School roared back at Rhea County and placed four players in double figures. Kade Clark led the way for the Warriors. The sophomore tossed in 18 points and added eight rebounds.
Fellow sophomore Grant Slatten also finished in double figures, with 13 points. Juniors Masyn Winningham and Micah Webster added 10 points each.
The Warriors shot 47 percent overall from the field. They were 15 of 30 on two-point attempts and made 12 of their 27 shots outside the arc. Rhea County shot just 33 percent from the field. They connected on just three of their 17 three-point attempts.
WCHS (20-7) got off to a fast start in the contest thanks to a three from Clark and Winningham to give the Warriors an early 6-2 lead. Rhea County (8-19, 0-8) answered back, scoring the next five points to take a 7-6 lead, but that didn’t last long, as Slatten knocked down four free throws and Clark got an offensive rebound putback to give the Warriors a 15-7 lead, with 3:18 remaining in the quarter. Rhea County went on an 8-2 run to cut the Warriors’ lead to two, but back-to-back threes from Kegan Dodson and Clark gave the Warriors a 23-15 led at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, David Kinser and Austin Burchett opened the quarter, both scoring layups, to give the Warriors a 27-15 lead, but seven consecutive points from Rhea County cut the lead to 27-22. However, the Warriors answered with a 6-2 run, with all the points coming from Webster, to push their lead back to nine. Rhea County got a pair of free throws to close out the quarter, but the Warriors led 33-26 at the half.
In the third quarter, both teams opened up the quarter with a basket to make it 35-28. However, back-to-back threes from Slatten pushed the Warriors’ lead to 41-28, with 6:08 remaining. Rhea County answered with seven consecutive points, but back-to-back threes from Clark pushed the lead back to 12. After a Rhea County layup cut the lead to 10, the Warriors closed out the quarter on a 6-1 run and took a 55-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter of play, Webster got the Warriors going with a layup to push the lead to 55-38, but an 11-2 run by Rhea County cut the lead to 59-49. However, a three by Winningham pushed the lead to 62-49. After four consecutive points by Rhea County cut the lead to nine, Clark pushed the edge back to 11 with a layup. Rhea answered with a three to cut the lead down to eight, but that’s as close as they would get, as the Warriors outscored the Golden Eagles 13-2 over the final three minutes to pick up the 77-61 win.
The Warriors will now head into their final game of the regular season. The Warriors will travel to McMinnville, on Friday night, to take on the Warren County Pioneers. The Warriors defeated the Pioneers 83-49, in Sparta, in their first meeting.