White County High School Warriors pick up their seventh win in a row
By Andy Southard | December 6, 2018 1:10 pm
The Tullahoma Wildcats posed some problems for the Warriors, on Tuesday night, but in the end, White County High School held off the home team for the 58-46 win and improved to 7-1 on the season.
Grant Slatten (23) and Kade Clark (12) combined for 35 points, as WCHS overcame an early nine-point deficit to pick up the win.
The Warriors opened up the game with an early three from Slatten 20 seconds into the game to take an early 3-0 lead. However, Tullahoma would answer with a 12-2 run to take a 12-5 lead. After an offensive rebound putback by Austin Burchett made it 12-7, Tullahoma would close out the quarter with a 6-2 run and led the Warriors 18-9 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Warriors came out firing. WCHS opened up the quarter on a 13-3 run to take the lead. Slatten and Burchett opened up the quarter with layups to cut the lead to 18-13. Clark followed that up with a three, and Masyn Winningham hit a free throw to cut Tullahoma’s lead to 18-17. After a three by Tullahoma pushed their lead back to four, the Warriors got five straight points from Clark to take the lead. A few seconds later the Wildcats retook the lead on a layup, but a Winningham three gave the Warriors a two-point lead. Tullahoma didn’t go away, as they scored the next five points to take a 28-25 lead, with 1:48 remaining in the half. The Warriors closed out the quarter with Slatten scoring the final five points to give the Warriors a 30-28 lead heading into the locker room.
Tullahoma opened up the third quarter with a three to take a one-point lead, but the Warriors answered with a 12-5 run to take control of the game. Clark scored the first four points of the quarter for the Warriors, and Slatten would score the final eight to give the Warriors a 42-36 lead, with 2:51 remaining in the quarter. However, the Wildcats answered back, scoring the final seven points of the quarter and took a 43-42 lead into the final quarter of play.
In the final quarter of play, both teams got a three to open up the quarter and Tullahoma led the Warriors 46-45. However, from that point on the Warriors took control of the game, scoring the final 13 points of the game. Burchett got the run going with a layup. Then a Dyson Reece three push the Warriors lead to four. A Kegan Dodson layup made it 52-46, and Micah Webster got a basket to push the lead to eight with 2:51 remaining in the game. WCHS went 4-for-4 from the free throw line over the final minute of the game to pick up the 58-46 win.
The Warriors shot 48 percent overall from the field for the game. WCHS was 15 of 23 from inside the arc and six of 21 from three. The Warriors were also 10 of 13 from the free throw line.
Tullahoma shot 43 percent from the field. They were 10 of 22 from two and eight of 20 from three. They were 2 of 5 on free throws.
Rebounds were even at 24 for each team. The Warriors won the turnover battle 3 to 6
The Warriors will now take the rest of the week off and get some much-needed rest after playing four games in nine days. WCHS will return to action, on Dec. 11, when they travel to Red Bank High School. The Warriorettes will kick off the night at 6 p.m. ET/5 pm CT, with the Warriors to follow.