Warriorettes avenge loss

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On Jan. 31, the White County High School Warriorettes had a goal in mind; it was to avenge their loss to Warren County and pick up their 19th win of the season. Warren County had handed the Warriorettes a 71-70 loss in the Sonic Shootout. With the changing of districts and classifications, the importance of the game had somewhat changed but was still important to the ladies and coaching staff.

The first quarter seemed like a continuation of the game in December. Warren County was shooting from outside the arc and connecting. In the first quarter, Warren County hit four threes. The Warriorettes worked hard on the boards and finished the quarter down three to Warren County. Nia Powers led Sparta with 8 points, Celeste Reed with 4 points, and Alaina Stiles with 3.

The Warriorettes dominated on the boards and outscored the Lady Pioneers 10-6 in the second quarter. Taking a 1-point lead into the half, the Warriorettes and Lady Pioneers had played six quarters to a tie over the past two meetings. Powers led Sparta with 4 points in the quarter, and both Lexi Golden and Karley Gentry had 3 points each for the Warriorettes.

The Lady Pioneers started the third quarter shooting from the outside, but foul trouble soon began to take its toll on their momentum. The Warriorettes' offensive rebounding and aggressive play began to swing the momentum in their favor. Powers poured in 8 points to come within 1 point of matching the offense of Warren County for the quarter. Two baskets from Stiles and a 3-pointer for Gentry gave Sparta a 15-point quarter and a 40-33 lead after three quarters.

Sophomore Celeste Reed led the fourth quarter for the Warriorettes. Reed was five for six from the free-throw line and had three field goals for 11 points of her 15 on the night. Stiles and Powers were perfect from the line, with Stiles hitting 4 and Powers hitting 2. Karley Frazier hit the back end of two free throws to round out the 18 points in the fourth quarter.

The final score for the game was Warriorettes 58 and Warren County 45. The 19-4 Warriorettes travel to Livingston for a district game on Feb. 4.

Scoring

Nia Powers 22

Karly Frazier 1

Celeste Reed 15

Lexi Golden 3

Alaina Stiles 11

Karley Gentry 6

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