Warriorettes split their final two games before District 6AAA play

by | January 11, 2018 8:30 am

Last Updated: January 11, 2018 at 8:32 am

The White County High School Warriorettes played their final two games before the District 6AAA portion of their schedule gets underway, on Thursday night.

The Warriorettes traveled to Signal Mountain, on Saturday night. The Warriorettes fell behind early but had built a double-digit lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, in the fourth quarter, the Warriorettes had to hold on late, pulling out a 59-47 win over Signal Mountain.

On Tuesday night, The Warriorettes would trail by as much as 15 in the first half against Cumberland County, but the Warriorettes would battle back and force overtime. The Lady Jets would outscore the Warriorettes in overtime 11-3 to hold on to the win by a final score of 76-67.

On Saturday, the Warriorettes would jump out to an early 2-0 lead on the Lady Eagles. However, Signal Mountain would answer back and score the next 11 points to jump out to an 11-2 lead over the Warriorettes. The Warriorettes would battle back, though, ending the half on an 11-2 run of their own, getting points from Hannah Leftwich (7), Kanden Reeves (2), and Mia Murray (2) to tie the game at 13-13 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, it was all Warriorettes. Signal Mountain would get the first basket of the quarter to take the lead 15-13. However, the Warriorettes would answer back with a 3-point play by Leftwich and two straight 3-pointers from Paige Parker to take a 22-15 lead. After a basket by Signal Mountain cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 5, the Warriorettes would score the next 7 points to end the half. Leftwich would get the run started with a basket, and then Reeves would hit a layup at the 2:22 mark to give the Warriorettes a 26-17 lead. The Warriorettes would close out the half with a couple of free throws from Leftwich and a free throw from Kendreah Reeves to make it 29-17 in favor of the Warriorettes at the half.

After halftime, Gracie Dodgen would get the Warriorettes going with a layup to push the Warriorettes’ lead to 31-17. Signal Mountain would answer back with a couple of free throws to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 31-19. After another layup by Dodgen and couple of free throws by Signal Mountain made it 33-21, Dodgen would hit a 3 to give the Warriorettes a 36-21 lead, with 4 minutes remaining in the quarter. Kanden Reeves would then knock down a free throw to provide the Warriorettes with a 37-21 lead. Signal Mountain would answer back with a basket, but Kendreah Reeves would knock down a pair of 3’s in between a free throw by Signal Mountain to give the Warriorettes a 43-24 lead. Murray would be the next Warriorette to score a couple of layups split between a pair of free throws by Signal Mountain to extend the Warriorettes’ lead to 47-26, with 31 seconds remaining in the half. Signal Mountain would get a 3-point play to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 18, but Lauren Turner would get an offensive rebound under the basket and put it back up before the horn would sound to give the Warriorettes a 49-29 lead at the end of third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the game would turn into a free-throw contest, as both teams would shoot 15 free throws each. The Warriorettes would go 8-15 from the free throw line, as Signal Mountain would hit 10-15. Signal Mountain would also get a pair of 3’s and a layup. The Warriorettes would only get a layup from Murray. However, the Warriorettes would hold on for the 59-47 win.

On Tuesday night, the Warriorettes would jump out to an early 4-3 lead after baskets from Leftwich and Dodgen made it 4-3 in favor of the Warriorettes. Cumberland County would answer back, though, with 12 straight points to take a 15-4 lead over the Warriorettes, with 3:34 remaining in the quarter. The Warriorettes would close out the quarter outscoring the Lady Jets 5-3 to cut Cumberland County’s lead to 18-9.

In the second quarter, Dodgen would open the quarter knocking down a free throw to cut Cumberland County’s lead to 10-18, but Cumberland County would answer back with a 3 to push their lead to 11. After a pair of free throws cut Cumberland County’s lead back down to 12-21, Cumberland County would answer again with 5 straight points to push their lead to 14. However, the Warriorettes would respond back with a basket by Turner and a 3 by Parker to cut Cumberland County’s lead to 26-17, with 3:41 remaining in the half. The Lady Jets, though, would get four straight free throws to push their lead back to 30-17. The Warriorettes and Cumberland County would then trade baskets the next few trips, with the Warriorettes knocking down 2’s and the Lady Jets hitting 3’s to give Cumberland County their biggest lead of the game at 36-21. However, the Warriorettes would close out the half on a 6-2 run to cut Cumberland County’s lead to 38-27 at the half.

In the third quarter, Dodgen would get the Warriorettes rolling out of the game with a 3 to cut Cumberland County’s lead to 38-30, but Cumberland County would answer back with a 3 of their own to push their lead back to 11. Leftwich would then respond again with a 3-point play to cut Cumberland County’s lead to 41-33, with 6:52 remaining in the quarter, but Cumberland County would answer back with 5 straight points to push their lead back 13. However, the Warriorettes would go on a 6-1 run to cut the lead down to six. Kanden Reeves would get a pair of layups between a free throw by Cumberland County. Murray would then cap off the run with a pair of free throws to make it 47-41, with 2:57 remaining in the quarter. The Warriorettes would then close out the quarter on a 6-5 run to cut Cumberland County’s lead to 52-47 heading into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter, Dodgen would get the Warriorettes going and knock down a 3 to cut the Lady Jets’ lead to 52-50. After the Warriorettes and Lady Jets traded baskets, Cumberland County would get 4 straight points from free throws to push their lead to 58-52. However, a couple of free throws from Kendreah Reeves and a 3 by Dodgen would pull the Warriorettes to within 1 at 58-57. After a basket by Cumberland County, Dodgen would knock down another 3 to tie the game at 60. Cumberland County would then retake the lead with a free throw, but the Warriorettes would take the lead for the first time since their lead at 4-3 in the first quarter with a pair of free throws by Leftwich to give the Warriorettes a 62-61 lead, with 2:06 remaining. Cumberland County, though, would answer back and take a 2-point lead, with 33 seconds remaining in the game. But the Warriorettes would get a layup from Murray, with 10 seconds remaining to tie the game up at 64-64 and force overtime.

In overtime, Cumberland County would score the first 6 points, and the Warriorettes couldn’t overcome it, falling to Cumberland County by a final score of 75-67.

With the split, the Warriorettes move to 14-4 on the season. The Warriorettes will be back in action, on Thursday night, when they take on Cookeville High School. This game was   initially scheduled for Friday night, but because of the predicted inclement weather, administration has decided to move the game to Thursday night. The Lady Cavs lost their first district game of the season to Rhea County, on Tuesday, night 57-49. The Warriorettes will look to get their district season off on the right foot with a win.

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