Warriors split first two games to start the week

by | November 30, 2017 9:05 am

Micah Webster

The White County High School Warriors started their week off splitting their first two games of the week. On Monday night, the Warriors would use a big night from Grant Slatten, who finished with 21 points and a big third quarter where they outscored Signal Mountain 17-2 to cruise to a 50-28 win over Signal Mountain. On Tuesday night, the Warriors would travel to Jackson County. Jackson County would take the lead, with 5:48 remaining in the second quarter and would never trail again winning by a final score of 61-50.

On Monday night, the Warriors would get off to a fast start scoring the first 7 points of the game. Slatten got things going for the Warriors, knocking down a 3 to put the Warriors up 3-0,¬ with 7:23 remaining in the game. Micah Webster would get an offensive rebound putback, with 5:55 remaining in the quarter to put the Warriors up 5-0, and Slatten would hit a layup to put the Warriors up 7-0. Signal Mountain would get their first basket of the game to cut the Warriors’ lead to 7-2, but Slatten would answer back with another basket to push the Warriors’ lead to 9-2, with 4:12 remaining in the first quarter. The Eagles would answer back, though, with 5 straight points to cut the Warriors’ lead to 2. However, Slatten would knock down a pair of free throws, with 12.2 seconds remaining in the quarter to give the Warriors the 11-7 lead heading into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Warriors would start off the quarter with a 6-0 run. Slatten would continue his hot night from the field, knocking down a layup to push the Warriors’ lead to 13-7. Webster would get a layup to drive the Warriors’ lead to 15-7, with 6:13 remaining in the game, and Slatten would knock down a pair of free throws to push the Warriors’ lead to 17-7, with 5:55 remaining in the half. After an Eagles’ free throw, Dyson Reece would go in for a layup, and he would make the layup and was fouled on the play. Reece would step to the line and make the free throw to push the Warriors’ lead to 20-8. Signal Mountain would answer back, though, with 4 straight points to cut the Warrior lead to 20-12, but the Warriors would close out the half on a 9-0 run, knocking down three consecutive 3’s. Mason Winningham, Kade Clark, and Reece would all hit 1 in the final 1:30 left in the half to give the Warriors a 29-12 lead heading into halftime.

The Warriors would come out of halftime and score the first 14 points of the third quarter. Slatten got things going with a layup to push the Warriors’ lead to 31-12. Dyson Reece would then knock down a pair of free throws to give the Warriors a 33-12 lead, with 6:58 remaining in the quarter. Slatten again would find some space and knock down a jumper, with 5:51 remaining to give the Warriors a 35-12 lead. Webster would then get involved, hitting a layup to push the lead to 37-12. Clark would push the Warriors’ lead to 39-12, with 2:14 remaining in the quarter when he hit a layup. Slatten would score the next 4 points for the Warriors on layups to give the Warriors a 43-12 lead. After the Eagles hit a pair of free throws, Reece would knock down a 3, with 11 seconds remaining in the quarter, to close out the quarter and give the Warriors a 46-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors were outscored 14-4 by Signal Mountain but would go on to win the game by a final score of 50-28.

On Tuesday night, the Warriors would jump out to an early 2-0 lead after a Slatten layup, but the Blue Devils would score the next 4 points of the game to take a 4-2 lead. David Kinser would tie things up at 4 with a layup, with 4:15 remaining in the first quarter. Jackson County would answer back, though, with back-to-back buckets to take an 8-4 lead. Clark would cut the lead to two on a layup, with 1:44 remaining, but Jackson County would answer back, scoring again to make it 10-6. Winningham would cut the lead back to 1 with a 3, with 47 seconds remaining in the quarter. However, Jackson County would hold the ball until the end of the quarter and get a basket to take a 12-9 lead into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, Slatten would get the quarter started off right for the Warriors, knocking down a 3 to tie the game up at 12, with 6:22 remaining in the half. However, Jackson County would answer back scoring the next 7 points to take a 19-12 lead. The Warriors would cut the back down to 2 after a Slatten 3 and a Reece layup, which made it 17-19. But Jackson County would hit a 3 to push their lead to 22-19. Reece would answer right back, though, knocking down a 3 of his own to cut the lead back down to two at 22-20, with 2:53 remaining. However, Jackson County would close out the quarter on a 6-2 run and take a 28-22 leading into halftime.

After halftime, Jackson County would strike first scoring, with 7:06 remaining to extend their lead to 30-22. Slatten would answer back with a 3 to cut the lead to 30-25. However, the Blue Devils would respond again with back-to-back 3’s of their own to extend their lead to 36-25. Dyson Reece would convert one play, with 4:13 remaining in the quarter to cut the lead back down to 36-28, but Jackson County would score the next 9 points to push their lead to 45-28. Kegan Dodson would knock down a 3 at the end of the quarter to cut the Jackson County lead to 45-31, and that would be the score heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter of play, Austin Burchett would get the Warriors going to begin the quarter when he knocked down a layup to cut Jackson County lead to 45-33. Jackson County would answer back with a 3 to push their lead back up to 48-33. The Warriors would get the next 4 points to cut Jackson County’s lead down to 11 at 48-37, with 5:04 remaining in the quarter, but the Blue Devils would get a basket to push their lead back up to 13. After both teams hit a pair of free throws that made it 52-39, the Warriors would score the next 6 points to cut the lead down to single digits. Winningham would knock down a pair of free throws, and Kinser and Slatten would both get baskets to make it 54-45, with 1:54 remaining in the game, but this as close as the Warriors could get. The Blue Devils would win by a final score of 61-50.

With the split, the Warriors move to 3-2 on the season. The Warriors will return to Roy Sewell Gymnasium, on Dec. 1, to take on Sequatchie County. The Warriorettes are scheduled to start at 6 p.m., with the Warriors to follow.

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