Cookeville Lady Cavaliers sweep Warriorettes

Photos by Alaina LaCourt

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The Cookeville Lady Cavaliers handed the White County Warriorettes their first loss of the season on Dec. 2.  The Warriorettes would welcome the visitors from up the highway, on Jan. 6, 2023, looking to avenge the loss. The Lady Cavs are a good team, with great coaching and skilled players.  The Warriorettes would play short- handed yet again as Celeste Reed continues to recuperate from injuries she suffered in the DeKalb County game.

You can not let a good team get a big lead to start the game.  That had happened to the Warriorettes in the first game against Cookeville.  The rematch looked very similar.  The Lady Cavaliers came out on fire.  They scored 16 points before the Warriorettes ever got on the scoreboard. The only success the Warriorettes had was when they were able to get the ball inside to Nia Powers. Nia had all 6 of the Warriorettes’ points in the first quarter.  The home team trailed 22-6 after one quarter.

The Warriorette offense started to improve in the second quarter, but the team from Cookeville kept pace, keeping a comfortable lead.  Each time the Warriorettes would come close to getting the lead down to single digits, the Lady Cavaliers would make a run.  Powers had a big second quarter as she tried to will her team back into the game. She scored 14 points in the second quarter, and she had 20 in the first half.  The score at halftime was 40-28 in favor of the visitors.

The Lady Cavaliers came out on a 5-point run to start the second half. Nia kept playing hard and fighting inside. KK McDonald hit a 3-pointer as did KB Frazier, but the Lady Cavs pulled away to a 55-40 lead after three quarters.

The fourth quarter saw the Warriorettes score 18 points. However, it was not enough to catch their rivals. Cookeville pulled out the 72-58 victory.  Since Cookeville is in a different classification now, the Warriorettes will have to wait until next season to get revenge for this season’s games.   White County must now focus on competing  in one of the toughest districts in the state.

Nia Powers led the Warriorettes in scoring against Cookeville with 32 points.  Ava Jones and KK McDonald both had 7 points.  Lakelyn Gratsky had 5. Karley Gentry had 4, and KB Frazier had 3.

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