The White County Warriorettes traveled to Livingston to take on the Lady Wildcats in a big district matchup on Tuesday 1/10. The Lady Wildcats came into the game ranked number 3 in the state in 3A basketball. The gymnasium was full of passionate fans from both Livingston and Sparta. The Warriorettes were excited to welcome back Celeste Reed after she had missed several weeks due to injury. District 7 is an absolutely loaded district. There are probably four teams that could make a run at a district title. Every week brings top-notch match ups. The contest in Livingston was a close one for the majority of the contest.
The ladies on both teams seemed to be a little nervous to start the game and struggled to get into the rhythm of the game. The Warriorettes only mustered 5 points on baskets by Nia Powers and Celeste Reed. Fortunately, the home team also struggled and only scored 9 points.
Both teams got their offenses in gear during the second quarter and began to put points on the board. Ava Jones got hot and the Warriorettes were smart enough to keep getting her the ball. She scored 10 points in the quarter. Nia Powers sunk another couple baskets. Pyper Price got on the board and Karley Gentry hit a deep three just before the half. The Warriorettes fought back from the early deficit and actually led by one going into halftime, 24-23.
The 3rd quarter was the downfall of the Warriorettes. They struggled handling the Lady Wildcat pressure. It didn’t seem like the ladies from Sparta could get anything going. Nia Powers finally got the Warriorettes points with two free throws with 1:03 to go in the quarter. Ava Jones hit a three, but the Warriorettes once again only scored 5 points in the quarter.
The Warriorettes did score more in the final quarter. Lexi Golden hit a couple of threes and Nia, Ava and Celeste all scored inside. The Livingston ladies pulled away for the victory. The final score was 56-45 in favor of the home team. Both Nia Powers and Ava Jones scored in double figures for the Warriorettes. Powers had 15 points. Ava Jones had 11 points on the evening. The Warriorettes will be looking for revenge as the Lady Bulldogs will have to come to Roy Sewell Gymnasium on February 3rd.
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