Warriors improve to 2-1 on the season
By Andy Southard | November 27, 2017 8:00 am
The White County High School Warriors played host to DeKalb County, on Tuesday night, before Thanksgiving. The Warriors moved to 2-1 on the season after picking up a 67-56 over the visiting Tigers. The Warriors were led by the two juniors on the team, David Kinser and Dyson Reece. The two juniors combined to score 39 of the Warriors’ 67 points. Kinser had his best game of his career, finishing the night with a double-double, 21 points, and 10 rebounds. Reece would chip in 18 points going 7 of 13 from the field.
Kinser would get the Warriors going finding the bottom of the next to start the game and give the Warriors the early 2-0 lead. The Tigers would answer back, though, with two straight baskets and take a 4-2 lead. However, The Warriors would answer, scoring the next 8 points to take a 10-4 lead. Mason Winningham got the run started hitting a 3 to give the Warriors the 5-4 lead. Kinser would then hit a lay-up, and he would get fouled on the play. Kinser would step to the line and knock down the free throw to put the Warriors up 8-4, with 4:53 remaining in the first quarter. Reece would finish off the run hitting a layup to put the Warriors up 10-4, with 3:58 remaining in the quarter, but DeKalb would answer with an 8-0 run of their own taking the lead 12-10, with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter. Reece would give the Warriors the lead knocking down a 3 from the corner to put the Warriors up 13-12, with 2:02 remaining in the quarter. Micah Webster would then go to the free throw line and knock down a pair of free throws to put the Warriors up 15-12, with 1:34 remaining in the quarter. After a DeKalb County basket, Reece would find some space in the corner again and knock down another 3 to put the Warriors up 18-14. DeKalb would answer back with another basket to cut the Warriors’ lead to 2, but the Warriors would get a basket from Webster, with 13 seconds remaining in the quarter, and the Warriors would take a 20-16 lead into the second quarter.
Kade Clark would get the second quarter rolling for the Warriors when he made a layup to start the quarter and give the Warriors a 22-16 lead. After a DeKalb County basket, Kinser would answer back scoring the next 5 points for the Warriors’ Kinser would make a layup and get fouled. He would step to the line and knock down the free throw to put the Warriors up 24-18. He would then get an offensive rebound and put it back up to give the Warriors the 26-18 lead, with 7:16 remaining in the half. After DeKalb County went one of two from the free throw line, Reece would find some space in the corner again and knock down the 3 to put the Warriors up 29-19. DeKalb County, though, would answer with a 9-0 run to cut the Warriors’ lead to 1 at 29-28. However, the Warriors would respond with a 9-0 run to end the half and take a 38-28 lead into the locker room. The Warriors would get points from Kinser (4) Grant Slatten (3), and Reece (2) to close out the quarter.
DeKalb County would open up the third quarter and cut the Warriors’ lead to 8, but the Warriors would answer back with back-to- back baskets from Winningham and Kinser to push the Warriors’ lead back to 12 at 42-30, with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter. After a pair of Tigers’ free throws, the Warriors would get a free throw from Kegan Dodson, and Winningham would knock down a layup to push the Warriors’ lead to 45-32. The Warriors and the Tigers would both knock down a basket, and then DeKalb County would score 4 straight points to cut the Warriors’ lead to single digits at 47-38. The Warriors, though, would end the quarter on an 8-3 run. Webster would get the first basket to push the Warriors’ lead to 49-38, and then Reece would go to the free throw line and hit one of two free throws to give the Warriors the 50-38 lead. After a DeKalb County 3, Reece would hit a layup, and Clark would hit a 3 to close out the quarter and give the Warriors the 55-41 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter of play, Clark would open the quarter with a layup to push the Warriors’ lead to 57-41. After a Tigers’ 3, The Warriors would get back-to-back baskets from Kinser to push the Warriors’ lead to 61-44, with 5:37 remaining in the game. DeKalb would get another 3 to cut the Warriors’ lead to 61-47, but the Warriors would get 6 straight points. Kinser started by knocking down a pair of free throws. Reece would then hit a layup to push the Warriors’ lead to 65-47, and Slatten would knockdown a pair of free throws to give the 67-47 lead, with 3:51 remaining in the game. The Tigers would close out the game on a 7-0 run but were unable to overcome the Warriors’ lead, and the Warriors would win 67-54.
With the win, the Warriors move to 2-1 on the young season. The Warriors will be busy this week playing three games in five days. The Warriors play twice at home and once on the road. On Monday, the Warriors will host Signal Mountain High School. On Tuesday they will travel to Jackson County. Then, on Friday, the Warriors will return home to take on Sequatchie County. All of those game are set for the Warriorettes to begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Warriors to follow.