WCHS dominates the other WCHS
By Andy Southard | January 24, 2019 10:15 am
Last Updated: January 24, 2019 at 10:17 am
The two neighboring WCHS basketball teams squared off Tuesday night in District 6AAA action, and it was the northern WCHS team that came away with dominating wins.
The Warriors and Warriorettes, of White County, both made quick work of the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers, of Warren County, in Roy Sewell Gymnasium. The Sparta girls jumped out to an early 20-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 70-32 win.
In the nightcap, the Warriors (17-6, 2-2) never trailed as they jumped out to a 22-14 lead at the end of the first quarter and coasted from there. The Pioneers (14-9, 1-3) would never get any closer than that after the fast start and the hot shooting Sparta Warriors rolled to the 83-49 win and took hold of sole possession of third place in the District 6AAA standings.
The Warriors placed three players in double figures on Tuesday night. Grant Slatten led the Warriors, with a career-high, 31 points. Masyn Winningham chipped in 17 points, and Dyson Reece added 10.
The Warriors got off to a quick start jumping out to an early 6-0 lead less than a minute into the game. Slatten got an old fashioned three and knocked down a three to put the Warriors ahead, with 7:04 remaining in the game. After a three from three Pioneers made it 6-3, Slatten hit two of four free throws, and Winningham hit a layup, with 4:50 remaining, to push the lead to 10-3. The Pioneers answered with a 9-4 run to cut the lead to 14-12, but a Reece steal and assist to Austin Burchett got the momentum back in the Warriors’ favor and led to an 8-0 run by the Warriors to push their lead to 10. The Pioneers got a layup at the buzzer, but the Warriors led 22-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Winningham opened the second quarter with a layup and then a Pioneer layup to get back within eight. The Warriors responded with a 12-0 run, with Slatten scoring all 12 points, including five points in one possession, as Slatten got fouled on a dunk attempt but was able to still get the basket to go in. After the foul call, the Pioneers’ coach was given a technical foul, so Slatten made the free throw from when he was fouled and two more free throws from the technical to push the lead to 36-16, with 3:51 remaining in the first half. The Pioneers got a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 36-18, but Slatten was fouled on the Warriors’ next possession, shooting a three and made all three of his free throws to push the Warriors’ lead to 39-18. The Pioneers scored four straight points on free throws to cut the lead to 39-22, but the Warriors closed out the half on a 7-1 run and took a 46-23 lead at the half.
After the half, the Warriors came out and scored six straight points, getting four from Winningham and two from Slatten to push their lead to 52-23. A three from the Pioneers cut the lead to 52-26, but the Warriors’ answered with a three from Kade Clark and a layup by Winningham to push their lead to 57-26. The Pioneers scored seven straight points to cut the Warriors’ lead to 59-33, but a pair of layups from Reece pushed the lead back to 30. Warren County hit a free throw at the end of the quarter, but the Warriors led the Pioneers 63-34 heading into the final quarter of play.
In the final quarter of play, the Warriors outscored the Pioneers 20-15 to pick up the 83-49 win.
The Warriors shot the ball exceptionally well for the game. They shot 50 percent from the field, going 27 of 49 from two and five of 15 from behind the arc.
In contrast, Warren County shot just 30 percent overall. They were six of 22 on two-point attempts and made eight of 24 three-pointers. They connected on 13 of their 18 free throws.
The Pioneers did hold a 29-26 rebounding advantage, but the Warriors forced the Pioneers into 29 turnovers.
The Warriorettes (21-2, 3-1) were on a mission in their game. They knew with a win over the Lady Pioneers (8-14, 0-4) and a loss by Cookeville to Stone they would take over first place in the district, as they hold the head-to-head advantage over the Lady Panthers.
Kendreah Reeves led the Warriorettes with 23 points. Gracie Dodgen joined Reeves in double figures with 16 points.
The Warriorettes didn’t waste any time as they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead 15 fifteen seconds into the game. Julia Curtis went one of two from the free throw line. On the missed free throw Alaina Stiles grabbed the rebound and put it back in to give the Warriorettes the lead, with 7:45 remaining. Warren County answered with a layup to cut the lead to 3-2, but eight consecutive points by the Warriorettes gave them a nine-point lead. Reeves had four, Dodgen scored two, and Mia Murray scored two to give the Warriorettes an 11-2 lead, with 4:45 remaining in the first half. The Warriorettes closed out the first quarter on a 9-6 run and led 20-8.
In the second quarter, Saige Johnson got the Warriorettes going with a three to push their lead to 23-8. However, Warren County went on a 10-3 run to cut the Warriorettes’ lead to 26-18, with 2:40 remaining in the first half. The Warriorettes didn’t let the game get any closer from there, as they scored the final nine points of the first half. Reeves got the Warriorettes going with a three, and then a free throw from Stiles made it 30-18. After a pair of missed free throws by Warren County, Reeves scored the final five points of the quarter and gave the Warriorettes a 35-18 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the Lady Pioneers opened up the quarter, scoring the first four points to cut the lead to 35-22, with 6:42 remaining. The Warriorettes answered, scoring the next 14 points to push their lead to 49-22, with 3:42 remaining. Warren County hit a free throw, but layups by Julia Curtis and Reeves made it 53-23. Warren County hit a layup to cut the lead to 28, but a three from Reeves and a pair of threes from Dodgen gave the Warriorettes a 62-27 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
In the final quarter of play, the Warriorettes outscored the Lady Pioneers 8-5 on their way to a 38-point victory.
The Warriorettes shot 45.7 percent overall from the field. They were 17 of 36 on two-point attempts and hit 10 of 23 from outside the arc.
Warren County shot just 24 percent from the field for the game. They were 10 of 38 on two-point attempts and shot a cold 12 percent outside the arc going one of eight.
Sparta also dominated the glass holding a 33-25 rebounding advantage.
The Warriors and Warriorettes will return to action, on Saturday night, when they take on Cumberland County. Before the game, White County High School will hold a reception for Ginger Jared McCormick, Brent Jolly, and the 1998-99 State Championship team inside the cafeteria, at 5 p.m. Jared and Jolly will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during halftime of the Warriorettes game, and the 98-99 State Championship team will be honored during halftime of the Warriors’ game.