Warriors rack up fifth win of season

by | December 7, 2017 9:27 am

Grant Slatten goes up for a layup in Tueday’s game. Slatten finished with 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Warriors to the win. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School Warriors picked up their fifth win of the young season, with a 54-38 win over King’s Academy, on Tuesday night. It was a game that saw eight different Warriors find their way into the scorebook. The Warriors would overcome their slow start in the first quarter and extend their lead throughout the game.

In the first quarter, Kade Clark got the Warriors going, knocking down a 3 to start off the game and give the Warriors the early 3-0 lead. After a Lion’s basket, the Warriors’ David Kinser would get his night going with a basket to push the Warriors’ lead to 5-2, with 5:41 remaining in the first quarter. King’s Academy would tie the game at 5, but the Warriors would answer with a basket by Kinser to push the lead to 7-5. However, the Lions would respond back with back-to-back 3’s to push their lead to 11-7, but the Warriors would get a 3 from Masyn Winningham to close out the first quarter, but the Warriors would trail 11-10.

In the second quarter, the Warriors would use a pair of 8-3 and 8-1 runs to outscore the Lions 16-4 in the quarter and take control of the game. Grant Slatten would get the Warriors going with back-to-back layups to begin the quarter and give the Warriors the 14-11 lead. Kinser would then get an offensive rebound putback to push the Warriors’ lead to 16-11, with 6:38 remaining in the first half. Slatten would close out the run with a layup to push the Warriors lead to 18-11. After a 3-point play by the Lions, the Warriors got a basket by Slatten to make it 20-14, with 2:30 remaining in the quarter. Keegan Dodson would then drive the entire length of the floor for a layup, with 2:10 remaining in the quarter to push the Warriors’ lead to 22-14. David Kinser would close out the quarter with back-to-back buckets and give the Warriors the 26-15 lead heading into the locker room.

After a Lion’s basket to start the third quarter, Dyson Reece would knock down a 3 to give the Warriors the 29-17 lead, but King’s Academy would get 6 straight points to cut the Warriors’ lead to 29-23. However, the Warriors would answer back with 9 consecutive points of their own to expand their lead. Winningham would knock down a 3 to end the Warriors’ drought, with 4 minutes remaining in the quarter and give the Warriors the 32-23 lead. Austin Burchett would then attempt a three but would be fouled on the shot. He would knock down two of his three free throws, but the Warriors would get the miss on the third free throw, and Micah Webster would put it back in to give the Warriors the 36-23 lead. Slatten would then get a layup to give the Warriors the 38-23 lead. After The King’s Academy cut the Warriors’ lead down to 10 close to the end of the half, the Warriors would get a pair of free throws from Reece to give the Warriors the 40-28 lead. The Warriors would head into the fourth quarter with a 42-28 lead.

In the final quarter of play, the Warriors would start of the quarter with a 3 and a layup from Reece to take a 47-28 lead. After a 3 from The King’s Academy, Kinser would go one for two from the free throw line to push the lead to 48-31. The Lions would then score 7 of the next 9 points to cut the Warriors’ lead to 50-38. However, the Warriors would close out the game on a 4-0 run and win by a final score of 54-38.

With the win, the Warriors move to 5-2 on the season. The Warriors will be back in action, on Friday night, when they Travel down to Cumberland County to take on the Jets. The Warriors and Jets have had some close games in the past, so this one should be a good one. The Warriorettes will get the night started at 6 p.m. with the Warriors to follow.

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