Warriors unable to hold on late in last two outings
by Andy Southard | January 11, 2018 8:37 am
The White County High School Warriors have been unable to hold onto a lead in the fourth quarter their last two outings. Some of that, though, has to do with the Warriors losing their leading scorer. On Friday night, Grant Slatten was injured in the fourth quarter against DeKalb County. Slatten will require surgery and is looking to be out for the rest of the season. Slatten was leading the Warriors in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game. Losing that type of player will hurt any team’s offensive output.
On Saturday night, the Warriors led Signal Mountain 43-42 heading into the final quarter of play, but the Warriors would struggle down the stretch, falling 63-55.
On Tuesday night, the Warriors and the Cumberland County Jets played a defensive battle through the first three quarters of the game, with the score tied at 32-32 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, though, Cumberland County would go on an 11-3 run to start the fourth quarter and hold on late to win by a final score of 52-48. The Warriors would also struggle from the free throw line, making only 15 of their 30 attempts.
On Saturday, the Warriors would jump out to an early 6-2 lead over Signal Mountain, with 5:15 remaining in the quarter after a pair of 3’s by Dyson Reece. However, Signal Mountain would close out the first quarter on a 12-1 run and take a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Reece would get the Warriors going, scoring 5 straight points to start the quarter and cut the Eagles’ lead to 14-12. After a Signal Mountain basket, Reece would be at it again, knocking down a 3 to cut the lead to one at 16-15, with 4:46 remaining in the quarter. Signal Mountain would then get another basket to extend their lead to 3, but Masyn Winningham would knock down a 3 to tie the game up at 18-18. Signal Mountain would retake the lead with a 3, but the Warriors would quickly tie things up with a 3 by Tanner Paul, and a free throw by Kade Clark made it 21-21, with 2:03 remaining in the quarter. Signal Mountain, though, would close out the quarter with 4 straight points and take a 25-21 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the Warriors and Signal Mountain would trade baskets to open the quarter, but a 3 by Winningham would cut Signal Mountain’s lead to 1 at 27-26. After a pair of free throws by Signal Mountain made it a 3-point game, David Kinser would hit a 3-point play to tie the game up at 29-29. On the next Warriors’ possession, Kinser would get fouled and knock down a free throw to make it 30-29 in favor of the Warriors. Signal Mountain and Winningham would trade a 3 to make it 33-32, but a basket by the Eagles would give them a 1 point lead. However, the Warriors would answer back with 5 straight points from Micah Webster (2) and Tucker Nash (3) to take a 38-34 lead. Then a 3 by Signal Mountain would cut the Warriors’ lead to 1, but Winningham would get a layup to push the Warriors’ lead to 3 at 40-37, with 1:42 remaining in the game. After back-to-back baskets by the Eagles made it 41-40, the Warriors would retake the lead with a 3 by Keegan Dodson to make it 43-41. Signal Mountain would close out the half, knocking down one of two from the free throw line, and the Warriors would have a 43-42 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter of play, Signal Mountain would open the quarter scoring the first 7 points of the quarter to take a 49-43 lead. The Warriors, though, would answer back with 4 straight points from Webster to cut the lead to 49-47, but that’s as close as the Warriors would get, as the Eagles closed out the game on an 11-8 run to win by a final score of 63-55.
On Tuesday, neither team could get much separation in the first quarter, as the score was tied at 6-6, with 1:56 remaining in the quarter. Cumberland County would knock down a 3-point play to take a 9-6 lead, with 1:18 left to play. However, Keegan Dodson would knock down a 3 at the end of the quarter to tie the game up at 9-9 heading into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Cumberland County would get a free throw to start the quarter and take the lead at 10-9, but Webster would answer back for the Warriors with 3 straight points to give the Warriors a 12-10 lead. After a pair of free throws by Cumberland to tie the game, Masyn Winningham would knock down a 3 to give the Warriors a 15-12 lead. The Jets would then get a basket to cut the Warriors’ lead to 1, but the Warriors would answer back with 4 straight points, pushing their lead to 19-14. However, Cumberland County would close out the half on an 8-4 run, but the Warriors would still lead 23-22 at the half.
In the second half, the Warriors would get the first 4 points of the quarter on baskets by Kinser and Clark to push their lead to 27-22, but Cumberland County would answer back with 4 straight points of their own to cut the Warriors’ lead to one. Cumberland County would close out the quarter on a 6-5 run to tie the game up at 32-32 heading into the final quarter of play.
In the fourth quarter, Cumberland County would open the quarter on an 11-3 run to take a 43-35 lead. The Warriors would close out the quarter on a 13-9 run, but the edge was just too much to overcome for the Warriors, as the Warriors would fall to Cumberland County 52-46.
With the losses, the Warriors move to 9-10 on the season. The Warriors will return to action, on Thursday night, when they play host to District 6AAA rival Cookeville High School. This game was initially scheduled to be played Friday night, but because of the threat of inclement weather, the game has been moved to Thursday night. The Warriors will look to get off to a good start in District 6AAA with a win.