WCMS eighth grade teams split with Coffee County
By Andy Southard | November 9, 2018 8:35 am
The White County Middle School eighth grade basketball teams split a pair of games, on Monday night, as they took on the Coffee County Red Raiders at home.
The Warriorettes got out to a sluggish start, as their relatively stagnant offense failed to excite. Luckily, the Lady Raiders slogged through the first quarter as well, and the game was tied at 6 at the end of the first.
Celeste Reed made an impact in the second period with her fearless defense of Chloe Gannon, of Coffee County, as she altered the Lady Raiders’ shots at the rim and contested shots all over the floor. Though the Warriorettes closed the second clinging to an 11-10 lead, it was clear they had found success by adding the length of Reed to their lineup.
The floodgates opened in the third quarter for the Warriorette offense, as they poured in 15 straight points on their way to a 26-10 edge at the close of the quarter. Nia Powers bullied her way into the paint and aggressively dropped in baskets throughout the quarter. With added height in the paint, the Warriorettes held Coffee County completely scoreless through the third period and cemented a substantial lead.
The fourth quarter proved too much for the Lady Raiders, as the overwhelmed team could not battle back from their deficit. Consistent ball movement and committed defense kept the Warriorettes ahead in the final period and brought them a 33-15 victory.
Karley Gentry led the Warriorettes with 12 points on the night, while Nia Powers dropped in 9. Celeste Reed scored 6, Lexi Golden added 3, Karley Frazier chipped in 2, and Kalie McDonald contributed 1.
The Warriors took part in a much more thrilling game where both teams exchanged blows for the majority of the four quarters. Logan Brown caught fire in the first where his teammates fed him the ball, and he scored all 11 of the Warriors’ points. His gutsy drives and relentless motor near the basket served him well. At the end of the first period, the Warriors held an 11-6 lead over the Raiders.
The Warriors stayed hot on the offensive end of the floor, punishing Coffee County in the paint and swinging the ball around to other shooters, as the Raiders scrambled to double-team Brown. They rode this rush of scoring to a 26-15 halftime advantage.
It all changed in the third for White County, as their offense grew complacent, and Dayne Crawlin torched them from downtown. The Raiders’ shooting guard knocked down four deep 3s right in the face of Warrior defenders who stayed committed against the pick and roll but were burned regardless. The massive momentum swing overtook the Warriors in the fourth quarter who traded shots with Coffee County until the final minute but could not keep the Raiders off the foul line. The Warriors fell 48-43 in what had become a game of runs. Unfortunately, the boys found themselves on the wrong end of such a run.
Logan Brown led White County with 17 points, Garrett Johnson added 9, Thomas Paul scored 5, Malaki Dowell chipped in 4, Rylan Bumbalough tacked on 3, and Thomas Brock dropped in 3.
The Warriors and Warriorettes will return to action on Nov. 8 when they travel to Shelbyville to take on Harris Middle School. The Warriorettes will tip off at 6 p.m. with the Warriors to follow.