White County High School Warriors survive scare from Pioneers

By | February 11, 2019 8:35 am

Grant Slatten knocks down a three in Friday night’s game. Slatten led the Warriors with 23 points against Warren County.

The White County High School Warriors had to come from behind, on Friday night, to pick up their 21st win of the season.

By the time, the end of the third quarter rolled around, the Warriors had cut the Pioneer lead to one and went on to take the 76-71 win, improving to 5-3 in District 6AAA and 21-7 overall.

Grant Slatten led the Warriors with 23 points while Masyn Winningham added 22. Kade Clark also finished in double figures with 10.

The Pioneers opened up the game, scoring the first six points, but the three-point shooting of Winningham kept the Warriors in the game. Winningham scored nine points for the Warriors in the first quarter, all from behind the arc, while Kegan Dodson chipped in five. However, the Warriors and the Pioneers were tied at the end of the first at 14-14.

In the second quarter, both teams hit a three to open the quarter, then a layup by Slatten gave the Warriors the lead at 19-17, with six minutes remaining in the half. However, seven straight points by the Pioneers gave them a 24-19 lead. After both teams got a basket, a Clark three cut the lead to two at 24-26. A 5-2 run by the Pioneers pushed their edge to 31-26, but the Warriors closed out the half on an 8-5 run. However, they trailed at the half 36-34.

In the third quarter, both teams traded baskets throughout the quarter, but the Warriors outscored the Pioneers 20-19 but trailed the Pioneers 55-54 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors opened up the quarter on a 10-4 run to take a 63-59 lead. However, the Pioneers didn’t go away, as they answered with a 7-2 run of their own to retake a 66-65 lead, with 4:05 remaining. Clark gave the Warriors the lead back after getting an offensive rebound putback and was fouled on the play. He knocked down the free throw, and Slatten followed that up with a pair of free throws of his own to give the Warriors a 70-66 lead. Austin Burchett also hit a free throw to push the lead to five, but a Warren County three cut the lead back down to two, with 1:11 remaining in the game. However, the Warriors closed out the game, going 5-8 from the free throw line to pick up the 76-71 win.

The Warriors shot 52 percent overall from the field. They were 12 of 26 on two-point attempts and 10 of 16 outside the arc. WCHS was 22 of 31 on free throw attempts. Warren County made just nine of their 21 free throw attempts.

The Pioneers held a rebounding advantage of 27-23 and won the turnover battle 14-9.

With their regular season now complete, the Warriors will turn their focus to the District 6AAA tournament. With the Warriors finishing in third place in the regular season, the Warriors will face off against Cookeville, on Friday, for their fourth meeting of the season.  See the Feb. 14 edition of The Expositor for the full story about the District 6AAA tournament.

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