Riverdale defeats Warriors in Shootout title game
Posted By Sparta Live | December 29, 2013 12:00 am
Two out of the three losses the Warrior basketball team have suffered this season have come against teams they have already defeated.
Such was the case Saturday night at Roy Sewell Gymnasium when the Warriors of White County High School squared off against the Riverdale Warriors in the championship game of the Sonic Shootout.
The WCHS Warriors have appeared in five of the six title games of the event, but still only have won the tournament once.
Riverdale (10-4) outscored the Warriors 45-37 in the final two quarters to take the 75-67 win and the championship.
The two teams played relatively even basketball for the first three quarters.
The Warriors led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter and the two teams went into the intermission knotted at 30.
WCHS never trailed in the first quarter and led by as many as five in the frame.
The second quarter saw both teams lead albeit Riverdale’s lead was short-lived. After the visiting Warriors took that lead, 23-21, on a three pointer at the 3:48 mark, the Warriors went on a 9-0 run highlighted by six consecutive points by Cole Vaughn. He punctuated the run with a three pointer and a conventional three-point play. WCHS led 30-23 with 2:05 left in the half. Riverdale closed out the half on a 7-0 run. A late three sent the teams into the locker room tied at 30.
Dalton Nash, who finished the game with 17 points, opened the second half with a three-point play and the Warriors held on to the lead until Riverdale took the advantage midway through the frame.
Cade Crosland, who spent a lot of time on the bench with three fouls in the first half, hit a three tying the game at 42, but Riverdale answered with a three. The visiting Warriors would go up by five, but the Warriors battled back and held a 50-49 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Riverdale opened the final frame with a three. They would never relinquish the lead from there. After the three, they came up with a steal and lay-up to go up by four. After a basket by Kordell Henderson, who led the way for WCHS with 24 points, Riverdale went on a 9-0 run and went up by 11, which would be the largest lead of the game for either team.
Henderson, who scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, hit a three with 28.7 seconds left to pull WCHS to within four, 71-64. The Warriors would not score again. Henderson was whistled for his third intentional foul of the game with 12 seconds to play. They put the game away with one of two free throws and then made two more free throws on the ensuing possession for the final of 75-67.
The Warriors only turned the ball over nine times in the game compared to 16 turnovers by Riverdale, but the visitors held a 35-30 rebounding advantage. Crosland led the Warriors with eight rebounds while Nash and Henderson added seven each. Nash had four steals.
The Warriors shot 40 percent overall from the field, but connected on only six of 30 of their shots outside the three-point arc. Riverdale shot 53 percent overall. They made eight of 19 three pointers and were 18 of 30 from inside the arc. They were just 15 of 26 from the free throw line though. The Warriors were 15 of 21 from the charity stripe.
Henderson, Crosland and Nash were named to the All Tournament team along with Brad Woodson, Steven Wilson, Jalen Campbell and Tyler Smithson from Riverdale.
Coach Eric Mitchell commented on the game, “It hurt us in the first half with Cade getting three fouls. That messed up our rotation. Going six of 30 on threes was not good at all. A lot of that might have been tired legs after playing six games in the last week or so. We have to shoot the ball well to win. Riverdale made some big shots. We didn’t rotate and gave them some open looks and they knocked them down. We still had a shot at the end. I was proud of our kids. They played hard.”
The Warriors head into the 2014 portion of their schedule at 13-3 overall. They will return to action on January 3rd at Tullahoma (0-9).
Mitchell talked about what lies ahead, “We just have to move on and learn from the loss. If someone had told me at the beginning of the season we would have been 13-3 at this point, I would have taken it without ever playing a game. We’ve got a good group of kids. They play hard all the time.”
WC – 16 14 19 18 – 67
RHS – 12 18 20 25 – 75
White Co. (67) – Dalton Nash 17, Kordell Henderson 24, Cade Crosland 10, Stephenson 3, Newport 4, Delaney 1, Vaughn 8.
Riverdale. (75) – Mathews 3, Brad Woodson 19, Steven Wilson 16, Bonds 3, Psalms Duff 10, Jalon Campbell 13, Tyler Smithson 11.
Records: WC 13-3, RHS 10-4
Three point baskets – WC 6 (Crosland 2, Nash 2, Henderson, Vaughn), RHS 8 (Wilson 4, Woodson 4). Rebounds – WC 30 (Crosland 8, Nash 7, Henderson 7), RHS 35. Assists – WC 10 (Henderson 3, Vaughn 3). Steals – WC 11 (Vaughn 5, Nash 4). Turnovers – WC 9, RHS 16.