WCHS Warriors fall to Tigers

By | January 8, 2018 8:15 am

Dyson Reece gets set to shoot, on Friday night. Reece finished with 9 points in the Warriors’ loss. (Photo by ANDY SOUTHARD)

The White County High School Warriors didn’t have the start they were looking for to the 2018 portion of their schedule. The Warriors were unable to overcome a strong second half by the Tigers and lost by a final score of 64-57.

The Warriors fell behind early, trailing the Tigers 5-0 to start the game. However, the Warriors would battle back and tie things up at 5-5 after a 3 from Dyson Reece and a basket from Micah Webster. DeKalb County, though, would answer again with 5 straight points of their own to take a 10-5 lead. The Warriors, though, would finish the quarter on a 9-2 run and take a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Webster would knock down a free throw to give the Warriors a 15-12 lead, but DeKalb would answer back with 6 straight points to take a 3-point lead. After a 3 from Grant Slatten to tie the game and a free throw from David Kinser to give the Warriors a 19-18 lead, the two teams would trade the lead back and forth for the rest of the quarter, but DeKalb would hold a 28-27 lead at the half.

In the second half, DeKalb County would open the quarter on an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 36-27. However, the Warriors would answer back with a 9-3 run to cut the Tigers’ lead to 3. The Warriors would get 8 points from Slatten and a free throw from Reece. The Tigers, though, would get a pair of 3’s on their next two possession to push their lead back 9. The Warriors would get a 3 from Slatten and Winningham in between a 3 from the Tigers to make it 48-42 at the end of the third quarter.

In the final quarter of play, the Warriors would cut DeKalb’s lead to 4 to start the quarter, after a layup by Winningham, which made it 48-44, but DeKalb would get 3 points the hard way to push their lead back to 51-44. After a 3 from Slatten to cut it back to 4, DeKalb and the Warriors would trade a free throw to make it 52-48, with 6 minutes remaining in the game. A basket by Webster would cut the lead to 2, but DeKalb would answer with 5 straight points to push their lead back to 57-50. Slatten would then step to the free throw line and would make four free throws to cut the lead back down a 3. But DeKalb would get a basket and go 5-6 from the free throw line to close out the game and win by a final score of 64-57.

With the loss, the Warriors move to 9-8 on the season. The   Warriors were back in action, on Saturday night, but the stats from that game were unavailable at press time. The Warriors will get in their final tune-up game before District 6AAA play starts, on Tuesday night, when they play host to Cumberland County High School. The Warriors will look to avenge a loss they suffered at the hands of the Jets early in the season. The Warriors will then turn their focus to District 6AAA play, on Friday night, when they play host to Cookeville High School. The Warriorettes will get both games started at 6 p.m., with the Warriors to follow.

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