White County Middle School teams pick up a homecoming sweep

By | December 6, 2018 1:15 pm

Christian Henderson goes up for a layup against Harris Middle School, on Monday night.

By Eli Rushing

The eighth-grade teams of WCMS showed out in front of their homecoming crowd and coasted to victory against Harris Middle, on Monday night.

The girls got off to a blazing start on offense by working the ball inside and kicking out to their shooters. Several Eaglette turnovers helped the Warriorettes push the pace of the contest and kept the ball scurrying as they took a significant 17-2 lead at the end of the first period.

The second quarter featured minimal scoring from both teams, but it was clear that the Harris girls had already given up, as the Warriorettes maintained a 21-3 advantage by the half.

Benches were cleared in the third quarter as the second units of both teams got their share of playing time, and the pace picked up again. Though buckets came few and far between, the reserves maintained the lead while hustling up and down the floor en route to a 28-5 lead.

By the fourth quarter, victory was a foregone conclusion for the girls who continued to play with passion, as they crashed the offensive boards on offense and brought the game to a final score of 32-11.

Celeste Reed led all scorers with 8 points while Nia Powers added 7, Karley Frazier scored 4, Lexie Golden hit a 3, and Kalie McDonald, Laney Copeland, Karley Gentry, and Maddie Howell all chipped in 2. Caroline Peak and Rylee Savage rounded out the stats with 1 point apiece.

The boys kept up the efforts of the girls’ team, as they jumped out to an early 12-5 lead in the first quarter. They capitalized on opportunities in transition and shared the ball well, including their best scorers in the assault.

Thomas Paul exploded for 12 points in the second period in which he splashed three shots from long range and helped his team pull away. The continual pressure of the Warriors played a crucial role in the extension of the lead, as their point guard caught fire from deep. At the end of the half, the Eagles trailed 27-10. The boys kicked the ball all across the court in the third period and allowed only 2 points as they left their starters in to cement their advantage further.

In the final quarter, scoring screeched to a halt, as the Warriors were content to run a large portion of the clock, taking their time on offense. A few insignificant shots brought the final score to 47-15 at the end of the night.

Paul led all scorers with 20 points, while Garrett Johnson contributed 7, Japheth Richmond pitched in 6, Logan Brown tacked on 5, and Kaden Hatmaker, Thomas Brock, and Christian Henderson all added 3 in the win.

The Warriors and Warriorettes will return to action Dec. 6 when they travel to Winchester to take on North Franklin Middle School.

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