White County dominates Bledsoe
By Andy Southard | January 10, 2019 7:51 am
The White County High School Warriors and Warriorettes squared off against Bledsoe County, on Monday night, in non-district action, and it was WCHS that came away with dominating wins.
The Warriors and Warriorettes both made quick work of the Bledsoe County Warriors and Lady Warriors in Roy Sewell Gymnasium.
The White County Warriorettes bounced back from their first loss of the season with a vengeance, taking the 74-42 win in the contest.
In the nightcap, the White County Warriors never trailed, as they jumped out to an 18-7 lead and coasted home from there. Bledsoe County never got any closer than eight after the fast start, and the hot shooting as the White County Warriors rolled to the 77-55 win.
The White County Warriors placed three players in double figures led by the 20 points of Grant Slatten. Dyson Reece had a good night from behind the arc, knocking down five threes and finished with 19 points. Kade Clark also added 12 points. Reece and Clark also led the Warriors in rebounds pulling down four each.
It didn’t take long for the White County Warriors to get going, on Monday night, as Clark scored the first five points of the game to give the White County Warriors the early 5-0 lead less than a minute into the game. Bledsoe got their first points of the game at the 7:01 mark with a pair of free throws, but a three by Reece, a three-point play by Slatten, and a layup by Winningham made it 13-4 in favor of the White County Warriors, with 5:33 remaining. Bledsoe County got a three at the 5:18 mark to cut the lead to 13-7, but a three by Reece and an offensive rebound putback by Clark made it 18-7 in favor of the White County Warriors. Bledsoe answered with a 6-3 run to cut the White County Warriors’ lead to 21-13, but the White County Warriors scored 12 of the final 15 points to give the them a 33-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Bledsoe County came out hot, scoring 10 of the first 12 points of the quarter to cut the White County Warriors’ lead to 10. However, the White County Warriors answered back, scoring the final nine points of the quarter and led Bledsoe County 44-25 heading into the locker room.
After halftime, Bledsoe again got the quarter started quick, outscoring the White County Warriors 8-4 to cut the lead to 48-33. However, the White County Warriors would put the game away, scoring 13 consecutive points and 15 of the final 20 points to close out the quarter and led Bledsoe County 64-40 heading into the fourth quarter. The White County Warriors were outscored 15-13 over the last eight minutes of play but picked up the 77-55 win.
Both teams shot 42 percent from the field, but WCHS was 21 of 38 from two-point range and 10 of 36 from three compared to Bledsoe County’s 14 of 28 from two, and five of 17 from behind the arc. Bledsoe County did go 12 of 19 from the line compared to the White County Warriors’ five of nine.
Bledsoe County did win the rebounding battle over the White County Warriors 33-28, but the White County Warriors won the turnover battle 30-7.
The White County Warriorettes were on a mission in their game. On Friday night, DeKalb County ended the White County Warriorettes’ perfect season. They had no intentions of letting that happen again, on Monday night.
The White County Warriorettes scored the first seven points of the game getting a layup and a pair of free throws from Mia Murray, then a three from Gracie Dodgen, with 6:14 remaining in the quarter, made it 7-0. Bledsoe County got a layup at the 5:37 mark to cut the lead to five, but 11 straight points by the White County Warriorettes made it 18-2, with 2:24 remaining in the first quarter. Bledsoe County got a layup to cut the lead back to 14, but a three by Dodgen and a free throw by Kendreah Reeves made it 22-4, with 1:15 remaining in the first quarter. Bledsoe County scored the final four points of the quarter, but the White County Warriorettes led the Bledsoe Lady Warriors 22-8 at the end of one-quarter of play.
In the second quarter, the White County Warriorettes got a couple of layups from Murray and a free throw from Caydra Parker to push their lead to 27-8, with 5:57 remaining in the first quarter. Bledsoe County would barely outscore the White County Warriorettes 8-6 over the next minute and a half, but the White County Warriorettes closed out the quarter on a 19-4 run to take a 52-20 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the White County Warriorettes started the quarter on a 13-8 run to take a 65-28, with 2:59 remaining. Bledsoe County scored the final six points of the quarter, but the White County Warriorettes led 65-34 heading into the fourth quarter. The White County Warriorettes outscored the Bledsoe County Lady Warriors 9-8 over the final quarter of play.
Dodgen led the White County Warriorettes with 19 points. Murray and Alaina Stiles also finished in double figures, chipping in 17 and 10.
The White County Warriorettes shot 37 percent from the field. They were 18 of 40 on two-point attempts and hit eight of 30 shots outside the arc.
Bledsoe County shot just 25 percent from the field for the game. They made 10 of 43 two-point attempts and shot three of thirteen from three.
White County also dominated the glass, holding a 47-26 rebounding advantage.