White County Middle School eighth grade teams pick up two wins
By Andy Southard | December 3, 2018 1:14 pm
Last Updated: December 3, 2018 at 1:18 pm
The eighth grade Warriors and Warriorettes of White County Middle School coasted to a pair of victories over East Tullahoma, on Thursday night, at home.
To kick off the night, the Warriorettes quickly asserted their dominance over the tentative Panthers of East Middle. The aggressive play of Karley Gentry spurred on her teammates, as she highlighted her playmaking ability with a trio of assists and scrambled for loose balls on the other end of the floor. Getting out in transition was a focal point for the Warriorettes in the first quarter, which they closed out with a 17-7 lead.
In the second, the Warriorettes successfully executed several sets and did not dial back the intensity. They fed Celeste Reed in the low post and consistently outhustled the Panthers on their way to a 27-15 halftime advantage.
Karley Beth Frazier did a superb job in leading the offense through the third quarter, as her marksmanship and ability to control the flow of the Warriorette attack shone through. The girls did not allow East Tullahoma back into the contest and looked comfortable keeping their lead at a sizable number. At the end of three, the Warriorettes led 34-21.
Scoring slowed a bit in the final period, as WCMS dug deep into their bench for an uneventful closure to what was a strong performance. Nia Powers scored half of the Warriorettes’ points in the quarter, as they headed to a final score of 43-25.
Gentry and Frazier finished the game with 10 points apiece and were aided in scoring by Reed who scored 13, while the remaining Warriorettes evenly distributed the ball and all pitched in on the scoring.
The Warriors continued the passionate play of WCMS, as they controlled their contest from start to finish. They began the first with an 8-0 run where Japheth Richmond swatted several shot attempts and utilized his rim protection to help the Warriors score on the fast break. The Warriors’ defensive pressure forced a multitude of turnovers from East Tullahoma and made scoring a simple affair. Respectable contributions from the bench helped the Warriors close out the period with a 17-4 lead.
In the second quarter, the pace skyrocketed, as both teams sprinted up and down the court but failed to convert their many opportunities due to turnovers. The defensive play of guards Thomas Paul and Christian Henderson resulted in several takeaways on defense and while scoring slowed considerably WCMS was still able to build their advantage to 21-7 by the end of the quarter.
With a lead continuing to grow, the Warriors fed the inside with big men Garrett Johnson and Richmond getting involved and Malaki Dowell also working his way into the paint. Their 36-13 lead almost guaranteed victory, as the third came to a close and the Panthers showed frustration.
The second unit earned their time to shine in the last quarter where they did not let up and battled en route to a final score of 47-21.
Dowell led the Warriors with 12 points while Richmond scored six. Thomas Paul added five, Garrett Johnson totaled five, Christian Henderson contributed five, and others chipped in on offense.
The Warriors and Warriorettes will return to action, on Dec. 3, when they host Harris Middle School for homecoming. The coaches will honor their eighth graders at 5:45 p.m., Monday night, before the game.