Warriors shoot their way into title game
by Sparta Live | December 31, 2008 12:00 am
The way the three pointers have been flying during the past two WCHS boys’ basketball games, one might think they were watching a game from a year ago.
That’s not the case. It’s still the 2008-09 season and this edition of the Warriors has heated up from three point range. Over the past two games, they have hit a total of 24 three pointers with 13 of those coming from senior guard, Stewart Mitchell.
The Warriors rolled to a 57-32 win over Loudon in Monday’s seminal game of the Sonic Shootout. The contest pitted mentor against student as former Warrior assistant coach, Colt Narramore, is the head coach of Loudon. The student learned a tough lesson, but the fact of the matter is if the ball is not going through the basket, it’s hard to win a game.
The familiarity went further than the two coaches. Warrior coach, Eric Mitchell, was the head coach of Loudon before coming to White County.
The Warriors, on the other hand, didn’t shoot a high percentage, but made the shots when it mattered and coasted to the victory improving to 6-7 on the season. WCHS made more three point shots than two point shots and attempted seven more from outside the arc than in. Overall, they shot 35 percent from the field. They were seven of 21 on two point attempts and 10 of 28 beyond the arc. They turned the ball over only 10 times while Loudon had 21 miscues. Like the Warriors, the Redskins made more shots outside the arc than they did inside (4 from two point range and six outside the arc). The Warriors were 13 of 21 from the free throw line and Loudon was six of 11.
Stewart Mitchell followed up his seven-trey outing on Saturday by hitting six in Monday’s game. He tallied a career high 28 points in the win. He and Josh Turner were the only two Warriors in double figures. Turner hit three treys and tallied 11 points. Mitchell did the majority of damage from long range or the free throw line.
The Warriors got on the board first in the game when Matt Mitchell stuck back in an offensive rebound 18 seconds into the contest. Loudon followed with one of two free throws to get on the board at the 7:29 mark. Josh Turner netted his first trey at the 6:58 mark and Loudon followed with a long range shot 25 seconds later. That made it a one-point game. The Warriors scored the next seven points, five by Stewart Mitchell, increasing their lead to eight. Loudon got back on the board at the 1:09 mark when they made a pair of free throws on the seventh team foul of the Warriors. The first quarter ended with WCHS on top 12-6.
Turner knocked down a three pointer 30 seconds into the second quarter. Stewart Mitchell’s lone two-point field goal of the game stretched the Warrior lead to double figures, 17-6. Loudon put together a 7-0 run to get to within four, 17-13, with 2:24 left in the half. Stewart Mitchell ended that threat when he knocked own a three at the 1:59 mark. Loudon got back to within five and had a chance to get closer, but missed a pair of free throws when Corey Johnson picked up his third foul. Matt Mitchell had already gone to the bench with three fouls earlier in the period. The final points of the half came when Stewart Mitchell knocked down a three pointer with six seconds remaining in the stanza. The Warriors led 23-15 at the break.
Stewart Mitchell opened the second half scoring 20 seconds into the period on one of two free throws. A Loudon trey made it a six-point game, but Mitchell scored four straight. He converted one of two free throws and then netted a trey to run the lead out to 10. The Redskins made one last run at the Warriors. They put back in an offensive rebound and followed a missed Warrior three with one that was good from outside the arc. With five minutes to play in the third period, the Warriors led 28-23. Five minutes later, that lead would be 17. WCHS went on a 15-3 to close out the period and seal the win.
The run began with an offensive putback by Corey Johnson followed by a three from Turner. Loudon’s only basket during those five minutes was a three pointer at he 3:27 mark. The quarter ended with a three by Mitchell making the score 43-26.
WCHS picked up where they left off to start the fourth quarter. Mitchell netted another three and then added a pair of free throws pushing the advantage to 22. The Warriors coasted from there.
WCHS was scheduled to take on Upperman in the championship game Tuesday. Those results were not available at press time. Check myspartanews.com for details.
Upperman advanced to the championship game with a 78-65 win over Red Bank. Upperman led big early, but saw the Lions make a run. The Bees held on for the trip to the title game. Four Upperman players reached double figures led by 23 points from Dustin Baxter and 20 by Carrin Nash. Red Bank got 24 from Nick Ross and 21 by Kelvin Clay.
In other boys’ second round action, Meigs County took a 55-54 overtime win over Daniel Boone. Franklin County held on for a 55-49 win over McMinn County.
WC – 12 11 20 14 – 57
L – 6 9 11 6 – 32
White Co. (57) – Stewart Mitchell 28, Johnson 5, M. Mitchell 2, Gribble 3, Armstrong 4, Duke 2, Sorrell 2, Josh Turner 11.
Loudon (32) – Berry 3, Z. Strange 9, J. Strange 6, Davis 3, Anderson 2, Brennan 3, Haskins 6.
Three point baskets – WC 10 (Mitchell 6, Turner 3, Johnson), L 5 (J. Strange 2, Haskins, Z. Stange, Davis, Berry). Rebounds – WC 26 (Armstrong 6, S. Mitchell 5), L 24. Assists – WC 9 (Armstrong 2, R. Johnson 2). Steals – WC 13 (S. Mitchell 7). Turnovers – WC 10, L 21.